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Phylogenomics, Biogeography, and Morphometrics Reveal Rapid Phenotypic Evolution in Pythons After Crossing Wallace's Line

Esquerre Gheur, Damien; Donnellan, S; Brennan, Ian; Lemmon, Alan R.; Lemmon, Emily Moriarty; Zaher, Hussam; Grazziotin, Felipe G.; Keogh, J. Scott


Ecological opportunities can be provided to organisms that cross stringent biogeographic barriers towards environments with new ecological niches. Wallace’s and Lyddeker’s lines are arguably the most famous biogeographic barriers, separating the Asian and Australo-Papuan biotas. One of the most ecomorphologically diverse groups of reptiles, the pythons, is distributed across these lines, and are remarkably more diverse in phenotype and ecology east of Lydekker’s line in Australo-Papua. We used...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Systematic Biology
DOI: 10.1093/sysbio/syaa024


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