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Cryptic biodiversity in a changing world

Luciano B Beheregaray1* and Adalgisa Caccone2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia

2 Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Yale Institute of Biospheric Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520-8106, USA

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Journal of Biology 2007, 6:9  doi:10.1186/jbiol60

Published: 21 December 2007

Abstract

DNA studies are revealing the extent of hidden, or cryptic, biodiversity. Two new studies challenge paradigms about cryptic biodiversity and highlight the importance of adding a historical and biogeographic dimension to biodiversity research.