Oceanic islands are famous for their high endemism. We all love Darwin’s finches, Hawaiian honeycreepers, Komodo Dragons, and all those weird things on Australia. These endemic wonders suggest that islands may be home to unique processes of diversification.  However, there are many mainland regions that rival islands in their level of endemicity, especially in mountainous regions that have strong dispersal barriers and environmental gradients. Thus, you could ask, are islands truly special? Leer más.