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Distributional Patterns of the South American Species of Boeckella (Copepoda: Centropagidae): A Track Analysis

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Abstract South American species of the freshwater copepod genus Boeckella are distributed in the Andean region, which corresponds to southwestern South America below 30° south latitude, also extending along the Andean highlands north of this latitude, and comprises the Subantarctic, Central Chilean, Patagonian, and Paramo-Puna subregions. Based on a track analysis, five generalized tracks were found: Subantarctic (involving some Subantarctic islands, the Falklands, Tierra del Fuego, and the southern portion of continental Chile and Argentina): B. brevicaudata, B. poppei, B. vallentini, and B. michaelseni; Patagonian (in the southern Patagonia plateau): B. brasiliensis, B. silvestrii, and B. longicauda; Mid-southern Andes: B. gibbosa and B. diamantina; Paramo-Punan (in the central and northern Andes, from northwestern Argentina to western Colombia): B. calcaris, B. palustris, and B. occidentalis; and Neotropical (mainly in the Neotropical region, but reaching also Patagonia and the Puna): B. meteoris and B. bergi. Two nodes have been determined: one in southern Chile and Argentina, where the Subantarctic, Patagonian, and Neotropical tracks intersect, and the other in the central Andes, where the Paramo-Punan and Neotropical tracks intersect.

Affiliations: 1: b Museo de Zoología, Facultad de Ciencias, UNAM, Apdo. Postal 70–399, 04510 México D.F., México ; 2: c ILINOA, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales e Instituto Miguel Lillo, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Miguel Lillo 205, 4000 S.M. de Tucumán, Argentina


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