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Biogeographical units matter
One of the recurrent themes in historical biogeography relates to the units of analysis, their definition, and identification. Although areas of endemism are usually accepted as the standard units of study, other units have been suggested, as well as several methods for identifying them. There is no consensus to date on which units are best suited for the studies, but the impact of the units and area schemes on analytical results is acknowledged. Here, I review the literature on biogeographic units, theiruses, and recommendations, highlighting the relevance of the use of more than one area classification scheme in empirical studies.
SB16054 Accepted 13 June 2017
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