Time and space in biogeography: response to Parenti & Ebach

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  • M. De Bruyn
  • M. de Bruyn
  • B. Stelbrink
  • T.J. Page
  • M.J. Phillips
  • D.J. Lohman
  • C. Albrecht
  • R. Hall
  • K. von Rintelen
  • P.K. Ng
  • H.T. Shih
  • G.R. Carvalho
  • T. von Rintelen
A recent Guest Editorial by Parenti and Ebach (2013, Journal of Biogeography, 40, 813–820) disagrees with the methods or interpretations in two of our recent papers. In addition, the authors open a debate on biogeographical concepts, and present an alternative philosophy for biogeographical research in the context of their recently described biogeographical subregion called ‘Pandora’. We disagree with their approach and conclusions, and comment on several issues related to our differing conceptual approaches for biogeographical research; namely, our use of molecular phylogenetic analyses, including time estimates; and Parenti and Ebach's reliance on taxon/general area cladograms. Finally, we re-examine their ‘tests’ supporting the existence of ‘Pandora’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2204-2206
JournalJournal of Biogeography
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013
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