Connecting Concepts: Evolution/Species & Speciation 3: Defining Species: 3 Case Studies
Mosquito case: Does the evidence support separating one species into more than one species?
Panther case: Does the evidence show that the FL panther is unique enough to conserve? (also useful for conservation lessons). Students will: 1) interpret real data on Anopheles quadrimaculatus species complex and the Florida panther, including morphological traits, haplotypes, population histories, ecology, molecular phylogenies, hybridization, and geographic distributions; 2) define species in real life situations; and 3) make a conservation decision based on concepts in species and speciation.