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Bio 113 Week 6 notes

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This set of notes covers speciation
Evolutionary and Ecological Biology
Anderson, Todd Michael and Clifford W. Zeyl
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Date Created: 02/22/16
Bio 113 Class Notes Speciation: the evolution of two species from one ancestral species Two categories of explanation… 1. Allopatric Speciation: Interbreeding is prevented by some physical obstacle (water, mountains, glaciers…) 2. Sympatric Speciation: Selection somehow favors both different traits (usually ecological, avoiding competition) and mating preferences (individuals avoid mates with traits different from their own) *Important to note that speciation is not necessarily associated with an adaption If a single mutation causes genetic incompatibility with the rest of the species, this individual won’t survive because it won’t be able to mate and reproduce If multiple mutations are required, there isn’t a mechanism to prevent interbreeding, which would spread the mutation throughout the species instead of creating an entirely new species Dobzhansky-Muller Model- An effect of allopatric speciation  After the ancestral lineage separates into two independent lineages, different mutations spread through each new lineage  These mutations are genetically incompatible and if contact is restored, there is selection against mating of these different alleles because there would be a lower fitness, which is a waste of reproductive effort  Once contact is restored, “isolating mechanisms” prevent interbreeding  In regions of sympatry, differences in the species are more distinct than in areas of allopatry because the greater contrast is adaptive and it reduces the risk of choosing a mate of the wrong species and wasting reproductive effort Temporal Isolation: deals with the time of the year of breeding  When in areas of sympatry, the species have completely different breeding times  In areas of allopatry, the breeding seasons can overlap Speciation of Different Pollinators Example:  Hummingbirds are attracted to flowers with red color, a long tube and a large volume of nectar; bees are attracted to flowers with pinkish purple flowers, a convenient place to land and small volumes of concentrated vector  This causes distruptive selection because this flower will either be the first time or the second, one in the middle wouldn’t attract either pollinator and wouldn’t be reproductively successful  This also prevents cross-pollination because only one pollinator is attracted, which causes genetic isolation


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