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Latitudinal gradients in stream invertebrate assemblages at a regional scale on Hokkaido Island, Japan

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Title: Latitudinal gradients in stream invertebrate assemblages at a regional scale on Hokkaido Island, Japan
Authors: Mori, Terutaka Browse this author
Murakami, Masashi Browse this author
Saitoh, Takashi Browse this author
Keywords: abundance
flood disturbance
rarefaction curve
taxon richness
Issue Date: Jul-2010
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Journal Title: Freshwater Biology
Volume: 55
Issue: 7
Start Page: 1520
End Page: 1532
Publisher DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2427.2009.02363.x
Abstract: 1. Although a latitudinal gradient in species diversity has been observed for various taxa, the factors generating the latitudinal gradient at broad spatial scales are difficult to identify because several candidate factors change simultaneously with latitude. We investigated latitudinal gradients in stream invertebrate assemblages in 30 headwater streams in Hokkaido Island, Japan, focusing on the regional scale to discount historical factors and to extract the effects of environmental factors on latitudinal gradients in diversity. 2. Taxon diversity (Shannon index) and taxon richness (number of taxa per unit area) increased with latitude. Abundance showed a similar latitudinal gradient, whereas evenness (D1) did not. Hence, we conclude that the observed latitudinal gradient in taxon richness was generated by directional variation in abundance (passive accumulation), leading to that in taxon diversity. 3. Precipitation, which is strongly related to flood disturbances, decreased with latitude and was an important factor explaining variation in taxon diversity, taxon richness and abundance. The probability of a taxon being present tended to increase from south to north, suggesting that the higher taxon richness observed in northern sites may be because of the presence of rare species. These findings indicate that flood disturbance varying with latitude may influence abundance and local extinction rates of rare species, consequently affecting taxon richness and taxon diversity. 4. By detecting the effects of an environmental factor (precipitation) on the latitudinal gradients in taxon diversity and taxon richness without interference by historical factors, this study demonstrates processes that can produce latitudinal gradients in the diversity of stream invertebrate assemblages.
Rights: This is the pre-peer-reviewed version of the following article: Freshwater Biology, Volume 55, Issue 7, pages 1520–1532, July 2010, which has been published in final form at []
Type: article (author version)
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