Colour polymorphisms and speciation: linking macroevolutionary patterns with microevolutionary processes

Grant number: DP1092908 | Funding period: 2010 - 2015



Polymorphic species with many different colour forms have inspired biological inquiry since Aristotle. This project takes advantage of remarkable variation in male throat coloration in the South Australian tawny dragon lizard to contribute to a fundamental, yet unresolved, question in biology: what are the evolutionary processes generating biodiversity? This research will reinforce Australia's outstanding reputation in the fields of Ecology and Evolution and contribute to the training of internationally competitive postgraduate students. It will also improve our understanding of the biology and genetic diversity of a fascinating Australian reptile and its habitat, within a region of national..

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