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Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles

Jonathan Losos


Adaptive radiation—which results when a single ancestral species gives rise to many descendants, each adapted to a different part of the environment—is possibly the single most important source of biological diversity in the living world. One of the best-studied examples involves Caribbean Anolis lizards. With about 400 species, Anolis has played an important role in the development of ecological theory and has become a model system exemplifying the integration of ecological, evolutionary, and behavioral studies to understand evolutionary diversification. This major work, written by one of the ... More

Keywords: adaptive radiation, biological diversity, Caribbean, Anolis, evolutionary diversification, ecology, evolution, behavioral studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520255913
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520255913.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Losos, author