Metapopulations: an arena for local speciation
Article first published online: 11 DEC 2002
Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Volume 8, Issue 5, pages 635–644, September 1995
How to Cite
Levin, D. A. (1995), Metapopulations: an arena for local speciation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 8: 635–644. doi: 10.1046/j.1420-9101.1995.8050635.x
- Issue published online: 11 DEC 2002
- Article first published online: 11 DEC 2002
- Received 30 June 1994; accepted 18 November 1994.
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Speciation in many groups of plants and animals is thought to occur in single, isolated populations. Recent investigations of metapopulation longevity and genetic structure indicate that metapopulations have demographic and genetic properties which may be more conducive for local speciation than properties of single populations. It is argued that metapopulations may persist longer than single populations, that the former may retain genetic variation more readily, and that the former offers more opportunity for genomic reorganization.