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BMC Biology

, 10:53

First Online: 20 June 2012Received: 30 May 2012Accepted: 20 June 2012DOI: 10.1186-1741-7007-10-53

Cite this article as: Lapoint, R. & Whiteman, N. BMC Biol 2012 10: 53. doi:10.1186-1741-7007-10-53


Replicate adaptive radiations occur when lineages repeatedly radiate and fill new but similar niches and converge phenotypically. While this is commonly seen in traditional island systems, it may also be present in host-parasite relationships, where hosts serve as islands. In a recent article in BMC Biology, Johnson and colleagues have produced the most extensive phylogeny of the avian lice Ischnocera to date, and find evidence for this pattern. This study opens the door to exploring adaptive radiations from a novel host-parasite perspective.

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Author: Richard Lapoint - Noah Whiteman



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