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Fernando M Lansac-Tôha, Jani Heino, Luiz M Bini, Oscar Peláez, Matheus T Baumgartner, Barbara A Quirino, Alfonso Pineda, Bianca R Meira, Fernando M Florêncio, Felipe R Oliveira, Francieli F Bomfim, Marcio J Da Silveira, Mario S Dainez-Filho, Ramiro De Campos, Rosa M Dias, Claudio C Bonecker, Janet Higuti, Roger P Mormul, Evanilide Benedito, Carla S Pavanelli, Luzia C Rodrigues, Susicley Jati, Koen Martens, Fabio A Lansac-Tôha, and Luiz FM Velho (2022)

Cross-taxon congruence of taxonomic and functional beta diversity facets across spatial and temporal scales

Frontiers in Environmental Science, section Freshwater Science, 10.

An intensively debated issue in ecology is whether the variations in the biodiversity patterns of different biological groups are congruent in space and time. In addition, ecologists have recognized the necessity of accounting for both taxonomic and functional facets when analysing spatial and temporal congruence patterns. This study aimed to determine how the cross-taxon congruence of taxonomic and functional beta diversity varies across space and time, using data from four floodplains at a continental scale. Our general hypothesis was that the congruence between aquatic biological groups, either taxonomic or functional, would decrease with the “between-group” functional distance. Also, we examined how congruence patterns varied across spatial and temporal scales by focusing on how the cross-taxon relationships differ among Brazilian floodplains and between dry/wet periods. Our study comprised information on eight biological groups from the four largest Brazilian river-floodplain systems, and cross-taxon congruence was assessed using Procrustes analysis. Our results show how detailed analyses can reveal different patterns of cross-taxon congruence, and partially support the hypothesis that the strength of cross-taxon congruence is negatively related to between-group functional distance.
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