To converge or not to converge in environmental space: testing for similar environments between analogous succulent plants of North America and Africa.

@article{AlvaradoCrdenas2013ToCO,
  title={To converge or not to converge in environmental space: testing for similar environments between analogous succulent plants of North America and Africa.},
  author={Leonardo O. Alvarado-C{\'a}rdenas and Enrique Mart{\'i}nez-Meyer and Teresa Patricia Feria and Lu{\'i}s Enrique Eguiarte and H{\'e}ctor Mart{\'i}nez Hern{\'a}ndez and Guy F. Midgley and Mark E Olson},
  journal={Annals of botany},
  year={2013},
  volume={111 6},
  pages={1125-38}
}
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Convergent evolution is invoked to explain similarity between unrelated organisms in similar environments, but most evaluations of convergence analyse similarity of organismal attributes rather than of the environment. This study focuses on the globular succulent plants of the Americas, the cacti, and their counterparts in Africa in the ice-plant, spurge and milkweed families. Though often held up as paragons of convergent morphological evolution, the environmental… CONTINUE READING

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