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dc.contributor.authorYates, Michelleen
dc.contributor.authorAndrew, Nigel Ren
dc.contributor.authorBinns, Matthewen
dc.contributor.authorGibb, Heloiseen
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-22T16:46:00Z
dc.date.issued2014en
dc.identifier.citationPeerJ, v.2, p. 1-20en
dc.identifier.issn2167-8359en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/16356en
dc.description.abstractSpecies traits may provide a short-cut to predicting generalities in species turnover in response to environmental change, particularly for poorly known taxa. We ask if morphological traits of assemblages respond predictably to macrohabitats across a large scale. Ant assemblages were collected at nine paired pasture and remnant sites from within three areas along a 300 km distance. We measured ten functional morphological traits for replicate individuals of each species.We used a fourth corner model to test associations between microhabitat variables, macrohabitats (pastures and remnants) and traits. In addition, we tested the phylogenetic independence of traits, to determine if responses were likely to be due to filtering by morphology or phylogeny. Nine of ten traits were predicted by macrohabitat and the majority of these traits were independent of phylogeny. Surprisingly, microhabitat variables were not associated with morphological traits. Traits which were associated with macrohabitats were involved in locomotion, feeding behaviour and sensory ability. Ants in remnants had more maxillary palp segments, longer scapes and wider eyes, while having shorter femurs, smaller apical mandibular teeth and shorter Weber's lengths. A clear relationship between traits and macrohabitats across a large scale suggests that species are filtered by coarse environmental differences. In contrast to the findings of previous studies, fine-scale filtering of morphological traits was not apparent. If such generalities in morphological trait responses to habitat hold across even larger scales, traits may prove critical in predicting the response of species assemblages to global change.en
dc.languageenen
dc.publisherPeerJ Ltden
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dc.titleMorphological traits: predictable responses to macrohabitats across a 300 km scaleen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.identifier.doi10.7717/peerj.271en
dcterms.accessRightsGolden
dc.subject.keywordsCommunity Ecology (excl Invasive Species Ecology)en
dc.subject.keywordsZoologyen
local.contributor.firstnameMichelleen
local.contributor.firstnameNigel Ren
local.contributor.firstnameMatthewen
local.contributor.firstnameHeloiseen
local.subject.for2008060899 Zoology not elsewhere classifieden
local.subject.for2008060202 Community Ecology (excl Invasive Species Ecology)en
local.subject.seo2008970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciencesen
local.profile.schoolSchool of Environmental and Rural Scienceen
local.profile.schoolSandT Postgradsen
local.profile.schoolEnvironmental and Rural Scienceen
local.profile.emailmyates9@une.edu.auen
local.profile.emailnandrew@une.edu.auen
local.profile.emailmbinns2@une.edu.auen
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local.record.institutionUniversity of New Englanden
local.identifier.epublicationsrecordune-20141216-103139en
local.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen
local.identifier.runningnumbere271en
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local.format.endpage20en
local.peerreviewedYesen
local.identifier.volume2en
local.title.subtitlepredictable responses to macrohabitats across a 300 km scaleen
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local.contributor.lastnameYatesen
local.contributor.lastnameAndrewen
local.contributor.lastnameBinnsen
local.contributor.lastnameGibben
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local.identifier.handlehttps://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/16356en
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local.title.maintitleMorphological traitsen
local.output.categorydescriptionC1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journalen
local.relation.grantdescriptionARC/DP0985886en
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local.search.authorYates, Michelleen
local.search.authorAndrew, Nigel Ren
local.search.authorBinns, Matthewen
local.search.authorGibb, Heloiseen
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