miércoles, 17 de junio de 2015
Parsimony analysis of endemicity and analysis of endemicity: A fair comparison
Received: 6 Nov 2014
Accepted: 25 Mar 2015
Published online: 16 Jun 2015
Parsimony Analysis of Endemicity (PAE) has been compared with other methods regarding its performance to identify areas of endemism. It is frequently compared with the Analysis of Endemicity (AE), which seems to perform better than PAE to identify these areas. Here I compare PAE and AE considering the sympatric taxa diagnosed as endemic, being as strictly close as possible to sympatry, and using previously published data of Sciobius(Coleoptera: Curculionidae). AE identified more candidate areas of endemism than PAE, but the number of highly restricted endemic taxa to these areas was insufficient to support them as areas of endemism. Considering strictly sympatry (homopatry), PAE performed better than AE; however, both methods may identify areas with some grade of sympatry, but the recognition of which areas constitute real areas of endemism in the strict sense depends on the interpretation of the researcher.