The Systematic Biogeographic Method

Lynne R. Parenti and Malte C. Ebach

in Comparative Biogeography

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780520259454
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944398 | DOI:
The Systematic Biogeographic Method

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This chapter outlines a systematic biogeographic method for proposing biogeographic classifications based on the distribution and relationships of biotic areas, incorporating geological and geographical data. Areagrams (area cladograms) and taxon-area cladograms (TACs) are two types of branching diagrams used to represent different types of biogeographi information. The chapter describes the significant differences between areagrams and TACs, and explores how these differences affect biogeographic analyses.

Keywords: systematic biogeographic method; biotic areas; areagrams; area cladograms; taxon-area cladograms; TACs

Chapter.  8826 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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