The invisible divider between Bali and Lombok (Indonesia) which mysteriously separates living species

The invisible divider between Bali and Lombok (Indonesia) which mysteriously separates living species

Posted by Marine2Alpine on Thursday, 23rd May 2024.

The Wallace Line is a fascinating phenomenon that separates two distinct worlds in terms of plant, animal, bird, and aquatic species. Let’s delve into the truth behind this invisible boundary:

The Wallace Line is an imaginary boundary that runs through the Indonesian archipelago. It was proposed by the British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace in the mid-19th century. This line marks the division between two biogeographic regions: the Asian and Australian remains. The Wallace Line theory suggests that geological events shaped the distribution of animals in the region, challenging traditional ideas of biogeography.

Deep sea currents plays a significant role in preventing animals from travelling across the Wallace Line. To the west of the Wallace Line (closer to Asia), we find species such as the Asian Elephant, Tiger, Sumatran Orangutan, and Water Buffalo. To the east of the line (closer to Australia), we encounter unique creatures like Matsche’s Tree Kangaroo, Western Long-Nosed Echidna, Northern Cassowary and the Pink Cockatoo.

This invisible barrier has shaped the evolution and diversity of life in this region, highlighting the intricate interplay between geography, ecology, and natural selection.

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