Mechanisms of speciation in reptiles and amphibians: a synopsis

Jonathon C. Marshall, Elizabeth Bastiaans, Adalgisa Caccone, Arley Camargo, Mariana Morando, Matthew L. Niemiller, Maciej Pabijan, Michael A. Russello, Barry Sinervo, Jack W. Jr Sites, Miguel Vences, Fernanda P. Werneck, Katharina C. Wollenberg Valero, Sebastian Steinfartz

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Speciation processes have long been inferred from phylogenetic, phylogeographic, and biogeographic pattern-driven perspectives. Now much current speciation research is attempting to more directly describe the underlying processes and mechanisms of divergence leading to speciation. Ideally, researchers should integrate both process- and pattern-based approaches for a more comprehensive understanding of speciation. To this end, a symposium was organized during the 7th World Congress of Herpetology in Canada with the goal of bringing leading experts together to share successful examples of these perspectives and to promote a more cohesive understanding of reptile and amphibian speciation. Here we present a joint paper of short and updated summaries of each of these contributions with the aim of providing a reference source and launching pad for students and researchers interested in speciation in amphibians and reptiles.
Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2018

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