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Speciation on Madagascar



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Project title: 
Speciation mechanisms in soil arthropods on Madagascar
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Object of research: 
Millipedes, Millipedes, Myriapoda


Madagascar has a famous, worldwide unique fauna and flora, including the famous Baobab trees and lemurs. How such a unique fauna could evolve on the long-isolated island has been a hot topic of debate. Millipedes, as soil animals limited in their ability of dispersal, are ideal model species to study thwe speciation mechanisms that shaped the unique diversity of the island.


Contact person

Head of Section Myriapoda
Responsible Editor Bonn zoological Bulletin - Supplementum
+49 228 9122-425
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t.wesener [at]