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dc.contributor.authorMarshall, Jonathan C
dc.contributor.authorMartin, Hailey
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-04T04:31:42Z
dc.date.available2020-06-04T04:31:42Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.issn1442-9985
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/aec.12844
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/394410
dc.description.abstractVelvet worms (Onychophora) are restricted to moist, humid microclimates, but are poorly known from south‐east Queensland, Australia, where they are typically rainforest fauna. We made the unlikely observation of one of these invertebrates clinging to floating debris in a wetland on North Stradbroke Island. Palaeoecology of this wetland reveals that it once was within rainforest and has remained moist for at least the past 80 000 years, thus potentially harbouring an onychophoran population as a relic of a past broader, rainforest distribution. The presence of this animal, floating in the wetland, can be explained by recent climate, since the wetland filled following heavy rainfall shortly before the observation. This highlights the importance of groundwater‐fed wetlands as evolutionary refugia for moisture‐dependent biota.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherWiley
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom264
dc.relation.ispartofpageto267
dc.relation.ispartofissue2
dc.relation.ispartofjournalAustral Ecology
dc.relation.ispartofvolume45
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBiological Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode05
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode06
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technology
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicine
dc.subject.keywordsEcology
dc.subject.keywordsEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology
dc.subject.keywordsevolutionary refugia
dc.titleVelvet worm (Phylum Onychophora) on a sand island, in a wetland: Flushed from a Pleistocene refuge by recent rainfall?
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationMarshall, JC; Martin, H, Velvet worm (Phylum Onychophora) on a sand island, in a wetland: Flushed from a Pleistocene refuge by recent rainfall?, Austral Ecology, 2019, 45 (2), pp. 264-267
dc.date.updated2020-06-04T04:30:32Z
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gro.griffith.authorMarshall, Jonathan C.


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