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Distribution and genetic divergence of two parapatric sibling ant species in Central Europe

DOI to cite this document:
10.5283/epub.77
Pusch, Katja ; Seifert, Bernhard ; Foitzik, Susanne ; Heinze, Jürgen
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Date of publication of this fulltext: 05 Aug 2009 13:21


Abstract

The two sibling ant species Temnothorax nylanderi and Temnothorax crassispinus are widely distributed throughout deciduous forests in Europe. Their resemblance in morphology and similar ecological requirements suggest that they evolved from the same ancestral species in different glacial refugia and re-immigrated into Central Europe after the last ice age. Here, we show that the two species are ...

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