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Trends Ecol Evol. 1992 Apr;7(4):114-8. doi: 10.1016/0169-5347(92)90144-Z.

Marine speciation on a small planet.

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Stephen Palumbi is at the Dept of Zoology and Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA.

Abstract

The scale of population structure in many marine species is on the order of thousands to tens of thousands of kilometers. How does speciation take place in oceans that are only about this same size? Recent results suggest an important role for transient isolation, gamete ecology and molecular evolution at gamete recognition loci. These factors have long been appreciated by plant biologists, and are likely to be a fruitful area of research for marine biologists as well.

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