What do we need to know about speciation?

Roger Butlin*, Allan Debelle, Claudius Kerth, Rhonda R. Snook, Leo W. Beukeboom, Ruth Castillo Cajas, Wenwen Diao, Martine E. Maan, Silvia Paolucci, Franz J. Weissing, Louis van de Zande, Anneli Hoikkala, Elzemiek Geuverink, Jackson Jennings, Maaria Kankare, K. Emily Knott, Venera I. Tyukmaeva, Christos Zoumadakis, Michael G. Ritchie, Daniel BarkerElina Immonen, Mark Kirkpatrick, Mohamed Noor, Constantino Macias Garcia, Thomas Schmitt, Menno Schilthuizen, Marie Curie SPECIATION Network

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Abstract

Speciation has been a major focus of evolutionary biology research in recent years, with many important advances. However, some of the traditional organising principles of the subject area no longer provide a satisfactory framework, such as the classification of speciation mechanisms by geographical context into allopatric, parapatric and sympatry classes. Therefore, we have asked where speciation research should be directed in the coming years. Here, we present a distillation of questions about the mechanisms of speciation, the genetic basis of speciation and the relationship between speciation and diversity. Our list of topics is not exhaustive; rather we aim to promote discussion on research priorities and on the common themes that underlie disparate speciation processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-39
Number of pages13
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2012

Keywords

  • DOBZHANSKY-MULLER INCOMPATIBILITIES
  • REPRODUCTIVE ISOLATION
  • SEXUAL SELECTION
  • GENE FLOW
  • ECOLOGICAL SPECIATION
  • POSTZYGOTIC ISOLATION
  • ADAPTIVE EVOLUTION
  • POPULATION-SIZE
  • DROSOPHILA-PSEUDOOBSCURA
  • HYBRID INCOMPATIBILITIES

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