A Biogeographical Synthesis 3: Issues of Diadromy, Diversification and Dispersal

  • R. M. McDowallEmail author
Part of the Fish & Fisheries Series book series (FIFI, volume 32)


Abstract The presence of diadromy in the fauna provides an ability for resto­ration of fish populations to ecosystems perturbed by major, cataclysmic historical events like glaciation, volcanism and other geological occurrences, in a way that is not true of non-diadromous species. New Zealand has very few lake-limited or lake adapted species, probably because existing lakes are young, most of them being post-glacial to recent in age. As a result the distribution patterns of diadromous and non-diadromous species are very different. Dispersal through coastal seas results in diadromous species exhibiting very little genetic structuring in the way evident in non-diadromous species.


Diadromy DNA sequencing Dispersal Genetic structuring Glaciation Restoration Speciation Volcanism 


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