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Ominous Signs Of Cryptic Marine Invasions: Common Brittlestars Jumped The Isthmus Of Panama Approximately Two Centuries Ago

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Cryptic stowaways in fouling communities or ballast water of seagoing ships may look exactly like local marine animals. But a comparison of brittlestars reported in the Proceedings of the Royal Society suggests that human-aided dispersal gradually blurs important genetic distinctions between once-isolated groups.

Cryptic stowaways in fouling communities or ballast water of seagoing ships may look exactly like local marine animals. But a comparison of brittlestars reported in the Proceedings of the Royal Society suggests that human-aided dispersal gradually blurs important genetic distinctions between once-isolated groups.


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Smithsonian Institution. (2002, May 13). Ominous Signs Of Cryptic Marine Invasions: Common Brittlestars Jumped The Isthmus Of Panama Approximately Two Centuries Ago. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/05/020513075004.htm
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