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Hybrid Speciation

  1. Loren H Rieseberg

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001753



How to Cite

Rieseberg, L. H. 2001. Hybrid Speciation. eLS. .

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  1. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001

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Hybridization between genetically divergent populations may lead to the formation of new evolutionary lineages. This may occur via the duplication of a hybrid's chromosome complement or by the stabilization of a fertile hybrid segregant.


  • allopolyploidy;
  • hybridization;
  • introgression;
  • habitat disturbance;
  • hybrid fitness;
  • reproductive isolation