[Taxacom] Chile-New Zealand distributions (rafting as a rare alternative)

Kenneth Kinman kennethkinman at webtv.net
Sun Jul 25 22:38:08 CDT 2010


Hi Stephen,
       Whether these weevils took the long route (around Antarctica) or
rafted directly on a Nothofagus tree, or even took the longer route
around Antarctica in the opposite direction, the MAIN point is that
there are several explanations that explain such a seemingly "curious"
distribution.  Which one is the best supported remains to be seen, but I
don't find any of them particularly curious or unusual.  That R.
tenuirostris is pretty much identical in Chile and New Zealand would
make me lean more toward a rafting hypothesis.       
                    ----------Ken             
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