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The North American Great Basin is a useful venue for the study of dispersal, vicariance, and rates of molecular evolution among aquatic organisms because its Pleistocene hydrogeographic history is relatively well known. This study examines regional molecular variation in the amphipod Hyalella azteca using mitochondrial (mt) gene sequence (deoxyribonucleic acid [DNA]) data. Populations within several endorheic drainages in the southern Great Basin were analyzed to determine if they represent a monophyletic assemblage with respect to populations from the pluvial Lake Bonneville drainage in the northern Great Basin. We also tested whether the patterns of molecular diversification among populations in the...

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