vicarious distribution

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The distribution that results from the replacement of one member of a species pair (i.e. two closely related species derived from a common ancestor) by the other, geographically (as opposed to ecologically). There are many animals and herbaceous plants with a vicarious distribution between N. America and Europe. In zoology, subspecies are conspecific vicariants.

Subjects: Ecology and Conservation — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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