allopatric speciation


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allopatric speciation

[¦al·ō¦pa·trik ‚spē·sē′ā·shən]
(ecology)
Differentiation of populations in geographical isolation to the point where they are recognized as separate species.
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In line with the popular theory of allopatric speciation, previous thinking had been that the confinement of T.
Although the authors suggested increased dispersal ability and allopatric speciation to be the cause, these patterns are also consistent with habitat-restricted dispersal and parapatric speciation.