Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Comparative BiogeographyDiscovering and Classifying Biogeographical Patterns of a Dynamic Earth$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Lynne Parenti

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520259454

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520259454.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 21 January 2022

Building Blocks of Biogeography: Endemic Areas and Areas of Endemism

Building Blocks of Biogeography: Endemic Areas and Areas of Endemism

(p.53) Three Building Blocks of Biogeography: Endemic Areas and Areas of Endemism
Comparative Biogeography

Lynne R. Parenti

Malte C. Ebach

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the role of the concept of endemism in biogeography and biodiversity investigations. Endemic areas are the building blocks of biogeography; relationships among them form the basis of biogeographical classification. This classification is a hierarchy incorporating increasingly encompassing areas, such as districts, regions, and realms, which form biotic areas. The concept of an endemic area, the area occupied by a lineage through time, is related to an area of endemism, an area occupied by at least two purportedly monophyletic taxa—at least two, because an area occupied by just one taxon will have no history shared with any other area.

Keywords:   endemism, biogeography, biodiversity, endemic areas, monophyletic taxa

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.