Journal article

Integrating abundance and functional traits reveals new global hotspots of fish diversity

Rick D Stuart-Smith, Amanda E Bates, Jonathan S Lefcheck, J Emmett Duffy, Susan C Baker, Russell J Thomson, Jemina F Stuart-Smith, Nicole A Hill, Stuart J Kininmonth, Laura Airoldi, Mikel A Becerro, Stuart J Campbell, Terence P Dawson, Sergio A Navarrete, German A Soler, Elisabeth MA Strain, Trevor J Willis, Graham J Edgar

NATURE | NATURE RESEARCH | Published : 2013


Species richness has dominated our view of global biodiversity patterns for centuries. The dominance of this paradigm is reflected in the focus by ecologists and conservation managers on richness and associated occurrence-based measures for understanding drivers of broad-scale diversity patterns and as a biological basis for management. However, this is changing rapidly, as it is now recognized that not only the number of species but the species present, their phenotypes and the number of individuals of each species are critical in determining the nature and strength of the relationships between species diversity and a range of ecological functions (such as biomass production and nutrient cy..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the many Reef Life Survey (RLS) divers who participated in data collection and provide ongoing expertize and commitment to the program, University of Tasmania staff including T. Cooper, M. Davey, N. Barrett, J. Berkhout and E. Oh, and T. Bird for assistance running models and checking code. Development of the RLS data set was supported by the former Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities Program, and analyses were supported by the Australian Research Council, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, and the Marine Biodiversity Hub, a collaborative partnership supported through the Australian Government's National Environmental Research Program. Additional funding and support for field surveys was provided by grants from the National Geographic Society, Conservation International, Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and ASSEMBLE Marine.