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Title: Cryptic species as a window on diversity and conservation
Authors: Bickford, D. 
Lohman, D.J. 
Sodhi, N.S. 
Ng, P.K.L. 
Meier, R. 
Winker, K.
Ingram, K.K.
Das, I.
Issue Date: Mar-2007
Source: Bickford, D., Lohman, D.J., Sodhi, N.S., Ng, P.K.L., Meier, R., Winker, K., Ingram, K.K., Das, I. (2007-03). Cryptic species as a window on diversity and conservation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 22 (3) : 148-155. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The taxonomic challenge posed by cryptic species (two or more distinct species classified as a single species) has been recognized for nearly 300 years, but the advent of relatively inexpensive and rapid DNA sequencing has given biologists a new tool for detecting and differentiating morphologically similar species. Here, we synthesize the literature on cryptic and sibling species and discuss trends in their discovery. However, a lack of systematic studies leaves many questions open, such as whether cryptic species are more common in particular habitats, latitudes or taxonomic groups. The discovery of cryptic species is likely to be non-random with regard to taxon and biome and, hence, could have profound implications for evolutionary theory, biogeography and conservation planning. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Trends in Ecology and Evolution
ISSN: 01695347
DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2006.11.004
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