Diversity, Volume 12, Issue 12 (December 2020) – 47 articles
Cover Story (view full-size image): Phylogeographic patterns for marine species in the Indian Ocean are poorly understood, and globally, there remains a paucity of studies focusing on marine sponges. The sponge Leucetta chagosensis has a wide distribution throughout the Indo-Pacific region. To increase our knowledge of its spatial variation of genetic diversity, we included samples from the understudied Indian Ocean and constructed phylogenies and haplotype networks using two different markers. We observed five cryptic lineages and found that the Indian Ocean specimens differ significantly from the rest of the Indo-Pacific, highlighting the need for more genetic studies of marine invertebrates in the Indian Ocean. View this paper
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