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Cosmopolitan metapopulations?

Fenchel, T., Finlay, B.J. and Esteban, G., 2019. Cosmopolitan metapopulations? Protist, 170 (3), 314-318.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.protis.2019.05.002


A “metapopulation” is a group of populations of the same species separated by space but linked by dispersal and migration. Metapopulations of macroscopic organisms tend to have geographically-restricted distributions, but this does not seem to be the case in microbial eukaryotes due to their astronomical abundance. The term “metapopulation” was first applied to protists’ biogeography in the article Finlay and Fenchel (2004), published in PROTIST, which contributed to the popularity of the paper. The article considered protist species as consisting of a single, cosmopolitan population. Here, we recall this paper, and assess developments during the last 15 years with respect to the question of protist species distribution on the surface of the earth.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Protist biogeography; cosmopolitan distribution; intraspecific genotypic polymorphism.
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:32276
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:14 May 2019 08:40
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:16


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