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At the end of the line: Independent overwater colonizations of the Solomon Islands by a hyperdiverse trans-Wallacean lizard lineage (Cyrtodactylus: Gekkota: Squamata)

Paul, Oliver; Travers, Scott L.; Richmond, Jonathan Q.; Pikacha, Patrick; Fisher, Robert N


The islands of East Melanesia have generated key insights into speciation processes and community assembly. However, when and how these islands began to form, emerge and accumulate endemic taxa remains poorly understood. Here, we show that two divergent lineages within the world’s most diverse genus of geckos (Cyrtodactylus) occur in the Solomon Islands. One large-bodied species is nested within a radiation from far eastern New Guinea, with inferred colonization, spread and diversification...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society
DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlx047


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