The Linnean shortfall in oceanic island biogeography: a case study in the Azores
- July 9th, 2011
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Schaefer, H., Moura, M., Maciel, M.G.B., Silva, L., Rumsey, F., Carine, M.A. (2011). The Linnean shortfall in oceanic island biogeography: a case study in the Azores. Journal of Biogeography, 38: 1345-1355
Molecular diversity patterns differ from current taxonomic groupings, with all lineages comprising previously overlooked genetic entities.
Recognition as distinct taxa of the genetically distinct entities discovered in this study would drastically change the diversity patterns and make them more similar to those of other Atlantic archipelagos. The results serve to highlight that current knowledge of endemic diversity on oceanic islands may be far from complete, even in relatively well-known groups such as angiosperms. This limitation is rarely considered in macroecological and evolutionary studies that make use of data from taxonomic checklists to draw inferences about oceanic island biogeographic processes