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dc.contributor.author Bezy, R. L.
dc.contributor.author Gorman, G. C.
dc.contributor.author Adest, G. A.
dc.contributor.author Kim, Y. J.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-20T20:08:25Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-20T20:08:25Z
dc.date.issued 1980
dc.identifier.citation Bezy, R. L., G. C. Gorman, G. A. Adest, and Y. J. Kim. "Divergence in the Island Night Lizard Xantusia riversiana (Sauria: Xantusiidae)." In: 2nd California Islands Multidisciplinary Symposium. 1978. 565-583. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10139/4124
dc.description.abstract The island night lizard, Xantusia riversiana Cope (Fig. 1), is found only on Santa Barbara, San Clemente, and San Nicolas Islands off southern California (Fig. 2). The species is sufficiently divergent in morphology from its mainland relatives, X. vigilis Baird and X. henshawi Stejneger (Fig. 1), that it has been placed in the monotypic genus Klauberina by Savage (1957, 1963). Regardless of whether it is accorded generic (Savage 1957) or subgeneric (Bezy 1972) rank, X. riversiana is clearly more divergent than the other living vertebrates of the California Channel Islands, suggesting that it may have been present longer than other species on one or more of the islands. Moreover, casual observations indicate that there may be greater morphological differences between the island populations of X. riversiana than were documented by earlier work (Savage 1951, Smith 1946). In an effort to further clarify the evolutionary history of the species, we have compared electrophoretically determined genetic-distances and divergence time estimates between the island populations with those between the species of Xantusia, and have reappraised inter-island differences in karyotypes, scalation, coloration, body size, clutch size, and variability. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher National Park Service en_US
dc.rights All rights reserved by copyright holder. en_US
dc.subject California Islands en_US
dc.subject Channel Islands en_US
dc.subject island endemism en_US
dc.subject biogeography en_US
dc.title Divergence in the Island Night Lizard Xantusia riversiana (Sauria: Xantusiidae) en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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