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Shifting ranges of two tree weta species (Hemideina spp.): competitive exclusion and changing climate

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Abstract:

Species' responses to climate change are likely to depend on their ability to overcome abiotic constraints as well as on the suite of species with which they interact. Responses to past climate change leave genetic signatures of range expansions and shifts, allowing inferences to be made about species' distributions in the past, which can improve our ability to predict the future. We tested a hypothesis of ongoing range shifting associated with climate change and involving interactions of two species inferred to exclude each other via competition.

Keywords: Biotic interactions; Hemideina; New Zealand; climate change; competition; mitochondrial DNA; phylogeography; range shifts; species range

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12224

Publication date: 2014-03-01

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