Endemism on islands is quite a common phenomenon, at least at the level of species or genera. Old continental fragments like Madagascar or New Caledonia may even harbour endemic families which went extinct on the continents. I also know of the odd example of Lactoridaceae that comprise only one species which is endemic to the Juan Fernandez Islands.

Do you know other instances of endemic families on islands? What about Hawai'i, the Canaries or Galapagos?

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    $\begingroup$ This link (lntreasures.com/index.html ) might help you...it doesn't mention particularly about islands...but still I think it's a great site ( if you already don't know about it) for ecologists, like you... $\endgroup$ – souvik bhattacharya Nov 9 '14 at 16:15
  • $\begingroup$ That link is awesome (I didn't know it yet)! +1 $\endgroup$ – Hav0k Nov 9 '14 at 17:25

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