Palaeontology and Entomology Seminar
Biogeographic research in the Mediterranean region, with emphasis on centipedes (Myriapoda: Chilopoda)
Dr Stylianos Simaiakis, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cyprus
Thursday 28th June
Neil Chalmers Seminar Room, DC2, 16:00
The Mediterranean region constitutes a challenging geographical area for natural scientists. It has a complex geological history with particular characteristics that make it of interest as a study area for taxonomy, biogeography or phylogeography; the high levels of diversity and endemism reflect the complexity of the palaeogeographical history of the area, originating from two major geographical regions, Eurasia and Africa. Several studies have contributed on the evolutionary history of certain parts of the Mediterranean area, for example the Aegean archipelago, with a focus on a variety of taxonomic groups (e.g., ground beetles, spiders, land snails and isopods). The Aegean centipede fauna has been the focus of systematic, biogeographic and ecological studies for the last 15 years. Following these studies several questions have been raised such as the patterns of distribution of the species, the evolutionary history of certain species, and the shape of centipede species–area relationships. In conjunction with the well-studied palaeogeography of the Mediterranean region, we address these issues and give the most plausible biogeographical scenarios.
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