Morphology and Morphological Diversity

Maclaurin James and Sterelny Kim

in What Is Biodiversity?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780226500805
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226500829 | DOI:
Morphology and Morphological Diversity

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Chapter 3 showed that it is difficult to make the notion of disparity empirically and theoretically tractable. A central theme of this chapter is that, while species richness does not determine morphological disparity, disparity is conceptually tied to diversity. Patterns in speciation anchor the features of phenotypes we can meaningfully measure and compare. The chapter considers attempts to put spatial representations of morphological diversity to real empirical work, explains why this (still-young) tradition is impressive, and discusses the limits on these representations of phenotypic diversity.

Keywords: biodiversity; disparity; species richness; speciation; phenotypic diversity

Chapter.  8423 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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