Biogeography and Evolution of Indo-Pacific Marine Mollusca: Patterns, Progress, Problems and Prospect
High species diversity with high species: genus ratios, geographic distributions ranging from narrowly endemic to province-wide, and ecological specialization by species but broad ranges of resource use by higher taxa characterize marine molluscan assemblages of the vast tropical Indo-West Pacific region. Evidence from historical-biogeographic syntheses, paleoecology, larval ecology and dispersal ability, and cladistic hypotheses of phylogeny and distribution have recently advanced understanding of how lithospheric plate movements and their effects on earth topography, and global climatic change, especially since the Cretaceous-Tertiary transition, have profoundly affected modem biogeographic patterns. Integrated studies of recent and fossil members of the same taxon are suggested as a promising source of new insights.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1990-07-01
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