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Tipo do documento: Artigo
Título: Spatial patterns of species richness in New World coral snakes and the metabolic theory of ecology
Autor: Terribile, Levi Carina
Diniz Filho, José Alexandre Felizola
Abstract: The metabolic theory of ecology (MTE) has attracted great interest because it proposes an explanation for species diversity gradients based on temperature-metabolism relationships of organisms. Here we analyse the spatial richness pattern of 73 coral snake species from the New World in the context of MTE. We first analysed the association between lntransformed richness and environmental variables, including the inverse transformation of annual temperature (1/kT ). We used eigenvector-based spatial filtering to remove the residual spatial autocorrelation in the data and geographically weighted regression to account for non-stationarity in data. In a model I regression (OLS), the observed slope between ln-richness and 1/kT was 0.626 (r 2 ¼ 0.413), but a model II regression generated a much steeper slope (0.975). When we added additional environmental correlates and the spatial filters in the OLS model, the R2 increased to 0.863 and the partial regression coefficient of 1/kT was 0.676. The GWR detected highly significant non-stationarity, in data, and the median of local slopes of ln-richness against 1/kT was 0.38. Our results expose several problems regarding the assumptions needed to test MTE: although the slope of OLS fell within that predicted by the theory and the dataset complied with the assumption of temperature-independence of average body size, the fact that coral snakes consist of a restricted taxonomic group and the non-stationarity of slopes across geographical space makes MTE invalid to explain richness in this case. Also, it is clear that other ecological and historical factors are important drivers of species richness patterns and must be taken into account both in theoretical modeling and data analysis.
Palavras-chave: Distribution modeling
Latitudinal gradient
Metabolic theory
Spatial autocorrelation
Richness gradients
País: brasil
Programa: Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia e Evolução
Citação: TERRIBILE, Levi Carina; DINIZ FILHO, José Alexandre Felizola. Spatial patterns of species richness in New World coral snakes and the metabolic theory of ecology. Acta Oecologica, Montrouge, v. 35, p. 163-173, 2008. Disponível em: <>.
Tipo de acesso: Acesso Aberto
Identificador do documento: 10.1016/j.actao.2008.09.006
Identificador do documento: 10.1016/j.actao.2008.09.006
Data de publicação: 5-Nov-2008
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