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Advances in Ecology
Volume 2014, Article ID 239251, 9 pages
Review Article

Ecological Speciation and the Intertidal Snail Littorina saxatilis

1Departamento de Bioquímica, Xenética e Inmunoloxía, Facultade de Bioloxía, Universidade de Vigo, Campus de Vigo, 36310 Vigo, Spain
2School of Biology, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK

Received 3 April 2014; Revised 18 June 2014; Accepted 19 June 2014; Published 22 July 2014

Academic Editor: Sveinn Are Hanssen

Copyright © 2014 Juan Galindo and John W. Grahame. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In recent decades biologists studying speciation have come to consider that the process does not necessarily require the presence of a geographical barrier. Rather, it now seems to be possible for reproductive barriers to evolve within what was hitherto a single ‘‘species.’’ The intertidal snail Littorina saxatilis has been the focus of a considerable amount of work in this context, and it is now thought of as a good case study of ‘‘ecological speciation.’’ We review some of this work and briefly consider prospects for future developments.