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MEPS 601:273-275 (2018)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12702

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Genetics, taxonomy and species complex in sandy beach macrofauna: Reply to Mattos et al. (2018)

Gastón Martínez1,2,*, Matías Arim1,2, Omar Defeo1,2

1Centro Universitario de la Región Este (CURE), Universidad de la República, Ruta 9 y Ruta 15, PC 27000, Rocha, Uruguay
2Departamento de Ecología y Evolución, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de la República, PC 11400, Montevideo, Uruguay
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ABSTRACT: Mattos et al. (2018; Mar Ecol Prog Ser 601:269-271) commented on our evaluation of the abundant-centre hypothesis (ACH) for the distribution of the isopod Excirolana braziliensis (Martínez et al. 2017; Mar Ecol Prog Ser 583:137-148). They stated that our treatment of E. braziliensis as a single species (i.e. ignoring cryptic diversity) invalidates the connection between reported distribution patterns and the ACH. However, from the introduction of the ACH, the set of mechanisms determining distribution patterns has been considered equally important for a single species and for a set of species with similar functional traits, as is the case for the E. braziliensis complex.


KEY WORDS: Morphologically related species · Cryptic diversity · Excirolana


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Cite this article as: Martínez G, Arim M, Defeo O (2018) Genetics, taxonomy and species complex in sandy beach macrofauna: Reply to Mattos et al. (2018). Mar Ecol Prog Ser 601:273-275. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12702

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