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Geographic ranges, sympatry and the influence of environmental factors on the distribution of species of an endemic Tasmanian freshwater crayfish

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Hansen, B and Richardson, AMM (2001) Geographic ranges, sympatry and the influence of environmental factors on the distribution of species of an endemic Tasmanian freshwater crayfish. Invertebrate Systematics, 16. pp. 621-629.

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Abstract

The Tasmanian endemic freshwater crayfish genus Parastacoides is presently under review and 14 species have been recognised. The distributions of the putative species have been mapped using museum data. The distribution of geographical ranges of the species is highly skewed. Most species are local or short-range endemics, 11 of the 14 species (nearly 79%) having geographical ranges of less than 20 km2. Many sympatric contact zones exist where distributions of species meet, and in some cases the sympatric species partition the habitat. The majority of species appear capable of exploiting a wide variety of habitat types. Ecological factors such as climate, vegetation, substrate, baseline geology and burrow types do not seem to be major determinants of species distributions. A, but adequate rainfall and a low evaporation rate appear to be the major factors determining the eastern boundary of Parastacoides. It is likely that that historical factors have played an important role in determining the present distribution patterns.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Freshwater crayfish, geographic range, sympatry, parapatry, Tasmania
Journal or Publication Title: Invertebrate Systematics
Page Range: pp. 621-629
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1071/IS05035
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:19
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/1482
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