[vahy-kair-ee-uh ns, vi-]
- the geographical separation and isolation of a subpopulation, resulting in the original population's differentiation as a new variety or species.
Also called vicariance biogeography.
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- any of several closely related species, races, etc, each of which exists in a separate geographical area: assumed to have originated from a single population that became dispersed by geological events
C20: from Latin vicārius (see vicar) + -ant
- The separation or division of a group of organisms by a geographic barrier, such as a mountain or a body of water, resulting in differentiation of the original group into new varieties or species. See also speciation.
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