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Type: Journal article
Title: Shared patterns of species turnover between seaweeds and seed plants break down at increasing distances from the sea
Author: Gurgel, C.
Wernberg, T.
Thomsen, M.
Russell, B.
Adam, P.
Waters, J.
Connell, S.
Citation: Ecology and Evolution, 2014; 4(1):27-34
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 2045-7758
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Carlos F. D. Gurgel, Thomas Wernberg, Mads S. Thomsen, Bayden D. Russell, Paul Adam, Jonathan M. Waters & Sean D. Connell
Abstract: We tested for correlations in the degree of spatial similarity between algal and terrestrial plants communities along 5500 km of temperate Australian coastline and whether the strength of correlation weakens with increasing distance from the coast. We identified strong correlations between macroalgal and terrestrial plant communities within the first 100 km from shore, where the strength of these marine–terrestrial correlations indeed weakens with increasing distance inland. As such, our results suggest that marine-driven community homogenization processes decompose with increasing distance from the shore toward inland. We speculate that the proximity to the marine environment produces lower levels of community turnover on land, and this effect decreases progressively farther inland. Our analysis suggests underlying ecological and evolutionary processes that give rise to continental-scale biogeographic influence from sea to land.
Keywords: Australia; biogeography; connectivity; herbarium; macroalgae; seed plants
Rights: © 2013 The Authors. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
RMID: 0030000173
DOI: 10.1002/ece3.893
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