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Body size and dispersal mode as key traits determining metacommunity structure of aquatic organisms

T De Bie, L De Meester, L Brendonck, Koenraad Martens UGent, B Goddeeris, D Ercken, H Hampel, L Denys, L Vanhecke and Katleen Van Der Gucht UGent, et al. (2012) ECOLOGY LETTERS. 15(7). p.740-747
abstract
Relationships between traits of organisms and the structure of their metacommunities have so far mainly been explored with meta-analyses. We compared metacommunities of a wide variety of aquatic organism groups (12 groups, ranging from bacteria to fish) in the same set of 99 ponds to minimise biases inherent to meta-analyses. In the category of passive dispersers, large-bodied groups showed stronger spatial patterning than small-bodied groups suggesting an increasing impact of dispersal limitation with increasing body size. Metacommunities of organisms with the ability to fly (i.e. insect groups) showed a weaker imprint of dispersal limitation than passive dispersers with similar body size. In contrast, dispersal movements of vertebrate groups (fish and amphibians) seemed to be mainly confined to local connectivity patterns. Our results reveal that body size and dispersal mode are important drivers of metacommunity structure and these traits should therefore be considered when developing a predictive framework for metacommunity dynamics.
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DIVERSITY, PATTERNS, COMMUNITIES, FISH, SPATIAL PROCESSES, SPECIES RICHNESS, MULTIPLE SCALES, DISTANCE DECAY, SEED SIZE, MEM analysis, variation partitioning, NEIGHBOR MATRICES PCNM, species sorting, passive dispersal, pond, propagule size, spatial context, spatial scale, dispersal limitation, Active dispersal
journal title
ECOLOGY LETTERS
Ecol. Lett.
volume
15
issue
7
pages
740 - 747
Web of Science type
Letter
Web of Science id
000305000000013
JCR category
ECOLOGY
JCR impact factor
17.949 (2012)
JCR rank
1/135 (2012)
JCR quartile
1 (2012)
ISSN
1461-023X
DOI
10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01794.x
language
English
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yes
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A1
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3035201
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-3035201
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2012-10-26 13:51:32
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2012-10-29 10:03:10
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  abstract     = {Relationships between traits of organisms and the structure of their metacommunities have so far mainly been explored with meta-analyses. We compared metacommunities of a wide variety of aquatic organism groups (12 groups, ranging from bacteria to fish) in the same set of 99 ponds to minimise biases inherent to meta-analyses. In the category of passive dispersers, large-bodied groups showed stronger spatial patterning than small-bodied groups suggesting an increasing impact of dispersal limitation with increasing body size. Metacommunities of organisms with the ability to fly (i.e. insect groups) showed a weaker imprint of dispersal limitation than passive dispersers with similar body size. In contrast, dispersal movements of vertebrate groups (fish and amphibians) seemed to be mainly confined to local connectivity patterns. Our results reveal that body size and dispersal mode are important drivers of metacommunity structure and these traits should therefore be considered when developing a predictive framework for metacommunity dynamics.},
  author       = {De Bie, T and De Meester, L and Brendonck, L and Martens, Koenraad and Goddeeris, B and Ercken, D and Hampel, H and Denys, L and Vanhecke, L and Van Der Gucht, Katleen and Van Wichelen, Jeroen and Vyverman, Wim and Declerck, SAJ},
  issn         = {1461-023X},
  journal      = {ECOLOGY LETTERS},
  keyword      = {DIVERSITY,PATTERNS,COMMUNITIES,FISH,SPATIAL PROCESSES,SPECIES RICHNESS,MULTIPLE SCALES,DISTANCE DECAY,SEED SIZE,MEM analysis,variation partitioning,NEIGHBOR MATRICES PCNM,species sorting,passive dispersal,pond,propagule size,spatial context,spatial scale,dispersal limitation,Active dispersal},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {7},
  pages        = {740--747},
  title        = {Body size and dispersal mode as key traits determining metacommunity structure of aquatic organisms},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01794.x},
  volume       = {15},
  year         = {2012},
}

Chicago
De Bie, T, L De Meester, L Brendonck, Koenraad Martens, B Goddeeris, D Ercken, H Hampel, et al. 2012. “Body Size and Dispersal Mode as Key Traits Determining Metacommunity Structure of Aquatic Organisms.” Ecology Letters 15 (7): 740–747.
APA
De Bie, T., De Meester, L., Brendonck, L., Martens, K., Goddeeris, B., Ercken, D., Hampel, H., et al. (2012). Body size and dispersal mode as key traits determining metacommunity structure of aquatic organisms. ECOLOGY LETTERS, 15(7), 740–747.
Vancouver
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De Bie T, De Meester L, Brendonck L, Martens K, Goddeeris B, Ercken D, et al. Body size and dispersal mode as key traits determining metacommunity structure of aquatic organisms. ECOLOGY LETTERS. 2012;15(7):740–7.
MLA
De Bie, T, L De Meester, L Brendonck, et al. “Body Size and Dispersal Mode as Key Traits Determining Metacommunity Structure of Aquatic Organisms.” ECOLOGY LETTERS 15.7 (2012): 740–747. Print.