Journal article

Effects of geography and life history traits on genetic differentiation in benthic marine fishes

Cynthia Riginos, Kristin E Douglas, Young Jin, Danielle F Shanahan, Eric A Treml

Ecography | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2011


Dispersal of planktonic larvae can create connections between geographically separated adult populations of benthic marine animals. How geographic context and life history traits affect these connections is largely unresolved. We use data from genetic studies (species level F ) of benthic teleost fishes combined with linear models to evaluate the importance of transitions between biogeographic regions, geographic distance, egg type (benthic or pelagic eggs), pelagic larval duration (PLD), and type of genetic marker as factors affecting differentiation within species. We find that transitions between biogeographic regions and egg type are significant and consistent contributors to population ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Many thanks to S. E. Swearer, R. J. Toonen, C. White, and an anonymous reviewer for comments; S. P. Blomberg, L. G. Cook, P. W. Hedrick, and D. Ortiz-Barrientos gave us statistical advice. Funding for this work was provided by the Australian Research Council (DP0878306 to CR), and the World Wildlife Fund (Kathryn Fuller Post-doctoral Research Fellowship to EAT).