Origin and post-colonization evolution of the Chatham Islands skink (Oligosoma nigriplantare nigriplantare)

Libby Liggins, David Chapple, Charles Daugherty, Peter Ritchie

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Island ecosystems provide an opportunity to examine a range of evolutionary and ecological processes. The Chatham Islands are an isolated archipelago situated approximately 800 km east of New Zealand. Geological evidence indicates that the Chatham Islands re-emerged within the last 1-4 million years, following a prolonged period of marine inundation, and therefore the resident flora and fauna is the result of long-distance overwater dispersal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3290 - 3305
Number of pages16
JournalMolecular Ecology
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

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