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Species complex, species concepts and characterization of cryptic diversity: vignettes from Indian systems

Karanth, K Praveen (2017) Species complex, species concepts and characterization of cryptic diversity: vignettes from Indian systems. In: CURRENT SCIENCE, 112 (7). pp. 1320-1324.

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Abstract

Species are one of the fundamental units of evolution and to this date, are largely described based on morphological characters. However, with the advent of molecular tools it has become apparent that many widely distributed species harbour cryptic diversity. Nevertheless, delimiting the members of such complexes is a challenge given these species exhibit very little or no morphological differences among them. In this regard, approaches that use multiple lines of evidence for species delimitation have gained ascendency. Here, I review a few recent studies from India, where application of an integrative approach has provided us with new insights into the systematics and evolution of these groups. Further, I discuss the implications of this approach on taxonomy in particular, and on ecological and evolutionary research in general.

Item Type: Editorials/Short Communications
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the INDIAN ACAD SCIENCES, C V RAMAN AVENUE, SADASHIVANAGAR, P B #8005, BANGALORE 560 080, INDIA
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Depositing User: Id for Latest eprints
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2017 09:42
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2017 09:42
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/57110

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