Understanding the various factors that contribute to the distribution and geographical ranges of plant and animal species has been a central issue in ecology, evolution and biogeography for more than two centuries. In this study, we investigated whether (i) niche breadth is phylogenetically conserved, (ii) niche overlap is negatively correlated with orchid evolutionary distance, and (iii) more recently diverged sister species show more niche overlap compared to older sister species.

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Jacquemyn, Hans, De Coensel, Ben, Evans, Alexandra, Wang, D., & Merckx, V. (2023). The relationship between phylogeny, range size, niche breadth and niche overlap in European orchids (Orchidaceae). Journal of Biogeography, 51(3). doi:10.1111/jbi.14769