My watch list  

Peripatric speciation

  Peripatric speciation is a form of speciation, the formation of new species through evolution. In this form, new species are formed in isolated peripheral populations; this is similar to allopatric speciation in that populations are isolated and prevented from exchanging genes. However, peripatric speciation, unlike allopatric speciation, proposes that one of the populations is much smaller than the other.

Peripatric speciation was originally proposed by Ernst Mayr, and is related to the founder effect, because small living populations may undergo selection bottlenecks.[1] Genetic drift is often proposed to play a significant role in peripatric speciation.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Provine WB (2004). "Ernst Mayr: Genetics and speciation". Genetics 167 (3): 1041-6. PMID 15280221.
  2. ^ Templeton AR (1980). "The theory of speciation via the founder principle". Genetics 94 (4): 1011-38. PMID 6777243.
This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Peripatric_speciation". A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.
Your browser is not current. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 does not support some functions on Chemie.DE