Phylogeography of a widespread species: Pre-glacial vicariance, refugia, occasional blocking straits and long-distance migration

Phylogeographic studies give us the opportunity to reconstruct the historical migrations of species and link them with climatic and geographic variation. They are, therefore, a key tool to understanding the relationships among biology, geology and history. One of the most interesting biogeographical areas of the world is the Mediterranean region. However, in this area, the description of concordant phylogeographic patterns is quite scarce, which limits the understanding of evolutionary patterns related to climate. Species with one-dimensional distribution ranges, such as the strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) are particularly useful to unravel these patterns. In a new study published in AoB PLANTS,...

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