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Variation in the Eucalyptus gunnii-archeri Complex. I. Variation in the adult phenotype

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Potts, BM and Reid, JB (1985) Variation in the Eucalyptus gunnii-archeri Complex. I. Variation in the adult phenotype. Australian Journal of Botany, 33 (3). pp. 337-359. ISSN 0067-1924

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Abstract

A study of variation in the E. gunnii-archeri complex indicates continuous variation between the taxa E. gunnii H0ok.f. and E. archeri Maiden & Blakely. Populations assigned to either taxon are normally allopatric but intergrade in an area of parapatry in central Tasmania. The E. gunnii-archeri complex is shown to comprise a multidimensional, clinally varying series of highly differentiated populations. In part, population differentiation appears to result from the interaction of multicharacter clines which parallel several major habitat gradients. This variation is summarized by classification of populations into five main phenetic groups. Whilst considerable differentiation occurs between disjunct stands, a large portion of the variation in the complex occurs in the more or less continuous central stands. In this area, major independent clines are associated with increasing exposure to the alpine environment and the north-south transition between subspp. gunn~i and archeri. A peak in variability in geographically intermediate populations is apparent along the latter, but not the former, cline. In addition, it is shown that parallel clines in flowering time have the potential to retard gene flow along these clines. It is suggested that parallel clines which incidentally influence gene flow may be of considerable significance in parapatric differentiation and the origin of reproductive isolation.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Botany
Page Range: pp. 337-359
ISSN: 0067-1924
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1071/BT9850337
Additional Information: BM Potts. Copyright © 1985 CSIRO
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2008 03:11
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:49
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/7455
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