Comparative phylogeography of alpine invertebrates indicates deep lineage diversification and historical refugia in the Australian Alps
Yoshinori Endo, Michael Nash, Ary A Hoffmann, Rachel Slatyer, Adam D Miller
Journal of Biogeography | WILEY | Published : 2015
AIM: Comparative phylogeographic analyses of alpine biota from the Northern Hemisphere have linked patterns of genetic diversification to glacial expansion and contraction events in the Pliocene and Pleistocene. Furthermore, the extent of diversification across species groups appears to be associated with vagility. In this study we test whether these patterns apply to a geologically stable system from eastern Australia with comparatively shallow elevational gradients and minimal influence from historical glacial activity. LOCATION: The Australian Alps, Victoria, eastern Australia. METHODS: We considered phylogeographic patterns across five alpine invertebrate species based on mitochondrial a..View full abstract
The authors wish to thank Warwick Papst, Henrik Wahren, Karen Stott, Nick Bell and Karina Salomon for assisting with field collections. We also thank Verity Fyfe, Vanessa White, Isabel Valenzuela and Nancy Endersby for providing assistance and in the field and laboratory, and Penny Greenslade, Catherine Car and Nick Porch for assistance with species identification. Finally, we thank Philippa Griffin, Mark Schultz and Nick Murphy for assistance with the analytical component of the paper. This project was supported by the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), the Australian Research Council, the Holsworth Foundation, the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council Bill Borthwick Scholarship and The University of Melbourne's Master's programme.