Biological Journal of the Linnean Society

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Edited By: John A. Allen

Impact Factor: 2.535

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 27/46 (Evolutionary Biology)

Online ISSN: 1095-8312

Associated Title(s): Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, Transactions of the Linnean Society of London, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society

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From the December issue we choose two papers on the phylogeography of marine organisms, one studied in the horizontal geographic plane and the other in the vertical. Humbug damselfish inhabit branching corals alone and molecular work shows that they divide into two main genetic groups, one in the Indian Ocean, the other in the Pacific (Shang-Yin Vanson Liu et al.) The authors attribute this discontinuity to divergence of the two sets of populations when the two oceans were isolated because of lower sea levels during glacial periods. Read more.

Amanda Glazier and Ron Etter similarly used molecular techniques to explore the population genetic structure of a deep-sea bivalve mollusc, but this time in a vertical plane. They identified a distinct discontinuity among populations above 2800 m and below 3200 m, perhaps indicating the existence of a cryptic species, and they make the point that depth-related environmental gradients could be a crucial factor in the evolution of deep-sea organisms.

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