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.
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Part three of three highly interactive exercises that helps students understand the process of determining if organisms are different species and why it is important. The exercises use real field work to illustrate the concepts. Students are required to draw conclusions from the information and data provided. Very well written and organized.
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