The Origin and Extinction of Species Through Hybridization

  • C. A. Buerkle
  • D. E. Wolf
  • L. H. Rieseberg
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 165)


The role of hybridization in the origin, maintenance, and loss of biodiversity has been the subject of speculation and debate for more than two centuries (Linnaeus 1760; Kölreuter 1893; Arnold 1997). Some authors have emphasized the creative role of hybridization in fostering species or community diversity (Linnaeus 1760; Kerner von Marilaun 1894–1895; Lotsy 1916; Stebbins 1942; Anderson 1949; Whitham and Maschinski 1996; Arnold 1997), whereas others have focused on its role as a destructive evolutionary force, contributing to the extinction of rare populations or species (Cade 1983; Rieseberg 1991; Ell-strand 1992; Levin et al. 1996; Rhymer and Simberloff 1996; Carney et al. 2000). Although the emphasis of these authors may vary, most appear to recognize the diversity of possible evolutionary outcomes of hybridization.


Habitat Selection Parental Species Hybrid Zone Hybrid Speciation Spatial Isolation 
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  • C. A. Buerkle
  • D. E. Wolf
  • L. H. Rieseberg

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