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species that it shares with the IPR suggests that no location contributes as much to the overall alpha diversity of the Indian
 

Summary: species that it shares with the IPR suggests that no location
contributes as much to the overall alpha diversity of the Indian
and Pacific oceans as does the IPR.
The distribution of biodiversity on Earth can be described in
terms of a few well documented, and intriguing, small- to large-scale
patterns. Our findings recognize a major link between the evolu-
tionary processes regulating these patterns. That is, the processes of
speciation, extinction and dispersal that yield large-scale patterns of
species richness also seem to determine which species are present
within local assemblages. Given the importance of the IPR to the
overall structure of reef fish assemblages in the Indian and Pacific
oceans, it should certainly be a target for strategic management and
protection. A
Methods
Analyses were based on the presence or absence of 1,970 reef fish species in 70 locations in
the Indian and Pacific oceans. These species belong to the families Labridae,
Pomacentridae, Serranidae, Blenniidae, Apogonidae, Chaetodontidae, Acanthuridae,
Scaridae, Holocentridae, Lutjanidae, Pomacanthidae, Scorpaenidae and Lethrinidae.
These families are among the most diverse, best-known taxonomically, and represent
.70% of the total species expected in any community. Owing to the high covariation in

  

Source: Arnold, Jonathan - Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center & Department of Genetics, University of Georgia

 

Collections: Biotechnology