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Two models of evolution in Canarian lizards based on the use of spatial resources

Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Oxford University Press
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  • Evolution
  • Canary Islands
  • Lizards
  • Laurisilva Forest
  • Young Volcanic Ecosystems
  • Speciation
  • Ecology
  • Biology
  • Ecology


Abstract The morphological and genetic differences between populations of Canarian lizards on four islands were analysed in relation to two ecological systems: the laurisilva forest and the young volcanic ecosystems or ‘malpaíses’. The two ecosystems induce two different evolutionary responses by lizard populations; morphological and genetic modifications are intense in the case of a very old ecosystem like laurisilva whereas in the young volcanic ecosystems, morphological modifications are much more pronounced although the temporary nature of the ecosystem is limiting from point of view of speciation.

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