|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2012|
|Authors:||Johnson, KP, Shreve, SM, Smith, VStuart|
|Keywords:||adaptive radiation, convergence, ectoparasites, Phylogenetics|
Background: Repeated adaptive radiations are evident when phenotypic divergence occurs within lineages, but this divergence into different forms is convergent when compared across lineages. Classic examples of such repeated adaptive divergence occur in island (for example, Caribbean Anolis lizards) and lake systems (for example, African cichlids). Host-parasite systems in many respects are analogous to island systems, where host species represent isolated islands for parasites whose life cycle is highly tied to that of their hosts. Thus, host-parasite systems might exhibit interesting cases of repeated adaptive divergence as seen in island and lake systems.
|Short Title:||BMC BiolBMC Biology|
Repeated adaptive divergence of microhabitat specialization in avian feather lice