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Free Content Marine Biogeography and Evolution in the Tropical Pacific: Zoological Perspectives

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Two remarkable biogeographic and evolutionary features characterize shallow water tropical Indo-West Pacific marine invertebrates and fishes: very high diversity due to rapid adaptive radiation of certain genera and families, and very broad geographic ranges. In the future, understanding of the processes that have led to these patterns will likely derive from (1) new paradigms in the earth sciences; (2) resolution of conflicts in biogeographic theory and (3) historical-biogeographic and paleoecological syntheses. Understanding zoological aspects of marine biogeography and evolution thus requires application and integration of information from several disciplines into testable models of evolutionary and biogeographic processes.

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Publication date: 1983-07-01

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