Phylogenetic structure of geographical co-occurrence among New World Triatominae species, vectors of Chagas disease

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Authors Soledad Ceccarelli, Silvia A. Justi, Jorge E. Rabinovich, José Alexandre F. Diniz Filho, Fabricio Villalobos
Journal/Conference Name Journal of Biogeography
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Paper Abstract The tropical niche conservatism (TNC) hypothesis is one of the most prominent evolutionary hypotheses that has been supported as an explanation for the diversity gradients of several animal taxa, mainly vertebrates. However, the validity of TNC for less-known taxa such as disease vectors is not clear. Here, we test predictions of TNC in driving the geographical co-occurrence among triatomine species, vector insects of Chagas disease. We aim to infer the relative effects of ecological and evolutionary processes in determining triatomine species richness at broad spatial scales.
Date of publication 2020
Code Programming Language R
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