Eukaryotic microbes, species recognition and the geographic limits of species: examples from the kingdom Fungi

John W. Taylor, Elizabeth Turner, Jeffrey P. Townsend, Jeremy R. Dettman, David Jacobson, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

This is a review article about fungal biogeography published in The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London (2006). The authors advance the ideas that (a) the perceived geographic range of a fungal species depends on how a species is defined, and (b) that a phylogenetic species definition may be more appropriate than one based on morphology alone. There is a discussion of basic fungal biology as it relates to dispersal, speciation, and species identification, followed by several case studies. This article is not overly technical and would be appropriate for advanced undergraduate or graduate students.

Subject: Biology:Evolution:Patterns, Processes, Biology:Microbiology, Evolution:Principles, Biology:Evolution, Diversity, Biology, Ecology, Ecology:Principles
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Bibliography, Overview/Reference Work, Scientific Resources
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Upper (15-16)Keywords: microbial species recognition, microbial geographic range, phylogenetic species recognition, endemism, biogeography, speciation