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Area-corrected species richness patterns of vascular plants along a tropical elevational gradient
XU Xiang; ZHANG Hua-yong; LUO Jian; ZHANG Dong-jie; MA Athen
Corresponding AuthorZHANG Hua-yong
2017-04
Source PublicationJournal of Mountain Science
ISSN1672-6316
Volume14Issue:4Pages:694-704
Subtype期刊论文
AbstractThe relationship between species richness and elevation is a hot issue in ecology and has been documented extensively. It is widely accepted that area size can significantly affect this relationship and thus mask the effects of other predictors. Despite the importance of the relationshipbetween species richness and elevation while accounting for the area effect, it is insufficiently studied. Here, we evaluated area-corrected species richness patterns of all vascular plants as well as six vascular plant subgroups (seed plants, ferns, trees, shrubs, herbsand vines) along a tropical elevational gradient (Hainan Island, China). If assessed in equal-elevation bands, uncorrected species richness showed bell-shaped curves, while area-corrected species richness assessed in equal-area bands appeared to increase monotonically due to the small proportion of highlands on Hainan Island. The mid-domain effect (MDE) was significantly correlated with both uncorrected and area-corrected species richness. On Hainan Island, the use of equal-area elevational bands increased the explanatory power of MDE. These findings provide useful insights to adjust for the area effect and highlight the need to use equal-area bands along the elevational gradient.
KeywordHainan Island Species-area Relationship Mid-domain Effect Vascular Plant Diversity Growth Form
DOI10.1007/s11629-016-3894-6
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.imde.ac.cn/handle/131551/18551
CollectionJournal of Mountain Science_Journal of Mountain Science-2017_Vol14 No.4
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XU Xiang,ZHANG Hua-yong,LUO Jian,et al. Area-corrected species richness patterns of vascular plants along a tropical elevational gradient[J]. Journal of Mountain Science,2017,14(4):694-704.
APA XU Xiang,ZHANG Hua-yong,LUO Jian,ZHANG Dong-jie,&MA Athen.(2017).Area-corrected species richness patterns of vascular plants along a tropical elevational gradient.Journal of Mountain Science,14(4),694-704.
MLA XU Xiang,et al."Area-corrected species richness patterns of vascular plants along a tropical elevational gradient".Journal of Mountain Science 14.4(2017):694-704.
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