What about non-adaptive radiation?
Article first published online: 14 JAN 2008
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 263–272, August 1991
How to Cite
GITTENBERGER, E. (1991), What about non-adaptive radiation?. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 43: 263–272. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1991.tb00598.x
- Issue published online: 14 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 14 JAN 2008
- Received 23 February 1988, accepted for publication 21 March 1990
- adaptive radiation;
- non-adaptive radiation;
The use of the epithet ‘adaptive’ in the popular denotation ‘adaptive radiation’ suggests that radiation as such does not imply adaptation. Without trying to define radiation more sharply than is usually done in textbooks, emphasis is given to what might be called non-adaptive radiation, a kind of diversification not accompanied by adaptation into various significantly different niches and, therefore, resulting in a group of allopatric species which are isolated because of competitive interactions.