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Plate tectonics drive tropical reef biodiversity dynamics.
Nat Commun. 2016 05 06; 7:11461.NC

Abstract

The Cretaceous breakup of Gondwana strongly modified the global distribution of shallow tropical seas reshaping the geographic configuration of marine basins. However, the links between tropical reef availability, plate tectonic processes and marine biodiversity distribution patterns are still unknown. Here, we show that a spatial diversification model constrained by absolute plate motions for the past 140 million years predicts the emergence and movement of diversity hotspots on tropical reefs. The spatial dynamics of tropical reefs explains marine fauna diversification in the Tethyan Ocean during the Cretaceous and early Cenozoic, and identifies an eastward movement of ancestral marine lineages towards the Indo-Australian Archipelago in the Miocene. A mechanistic model based only on habitat-driven diversification and dispersal yields realistic predictions of current biodiversity patterns for both corals and fishes. As in terrestrial systems, we demonstrate that plate tectonics played a major role in driving tropical marine shallow reef biodiversity dynamics.

Authors+Show Affiliations

UMR MARBEC, (CNRS, IRD, IFREMER, UM), cc 093, Place E. Bataillon, FR-34095 Montpellier, France.University of Fribourg, Unit of Ecology &Evolution, Ch. du Musée 10, CH-1700 Fribourg, Switzerland. Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland. Landscape Ecology, Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems, ETH Zürich, 8044 Zürich, Switzerland.UMR MARBEC, (CNRS, IRD, IFREMER, UM), cc 093, Place E. Bataillon, FR-34095 Montpellier, France.Department of Ecology &Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, 21 Sachem St, New Haven, Connecticut 16 06511, USA.CRIOBE, USR 3278 CNRS-EPHE-UPVD, LABEX 'CORAIL', University of Perpignan, 66860 Perpignan, France. CESAB-FRB, Immeuble Henri Poincaré, Domaine du Petit Arbois, FR-13857 Aix-en-Provence, France.Institut pour la Recherche en Développement, UR UMR "Entropie" -Labex Corail- Université de Perpignan, 66000 Perpignan, France.Department of Fish Ecology and Evolution, Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology 6047 Kastanienbaum, Switzerland.Department of Fish Ecology and Evolution, Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology 6047 Kastanienbaum, Switzerland.EarthByte Group, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2006, Australia.UMR MARBEC, (CNRS, IRD, IFREMER, UM), cc 093, Place E. Bataillon, FR-34095 Montpellier, France. Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia.Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia. College of Marine and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia.University of Fribourg, Unit of Ecology &Evolution, Ch. du Musée 10, CH-1700 Fribourg, Switzerland. Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, CH-8903 Birmensdorf, Switzerland. Landscape Ecology, Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems, ETH Zürich, 8044 Zürich, Switzerland.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27151103

Citation

Leprieur, Fabien, et al. "Plate Tectonics Drive Tropical Reef Biodiversity Dynamics." Nature Communications, vol. 7, 2016, p. 11461.
Leprieur F, Descombes P, Gaboriau T, et al. Plate tectonics drive tropical reef biodiversity dynamics. Nat Commun. 2016;7:11461.
Leprieur, F., Descombes, P., Gaboriau, T., Cowman, P. F., Parravicini, V., Kulbicki, M., Melián, C. J., de Santana, C. N., Heine, C., Mouillot, D., Bellwood, D. R., & Pellissier, L. (2016). Plate tectonics drive tropical reef biodiversity dynamics. Nature Communications, 7, 11461. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms11461
Leprieur F, et al. Plate Tectonics Drive Tropical Reef Biodiversity Dynamics. Nat Commun. 2016 05 6;7:11461. PubMed PMID: 27151103.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Plate tectonics drive tropical reef biodiversity dynamics. AU - Leprieur,Fabien, AU - Descombes,Patrice, AU - Gaboriau,Théo, AU - Cowman,Peter F, AU - Parravicini,Valeriano, AU - Kulbicki,Michel, AU - Melián,Carlos J, AU - de Santana,Charles N, AU - Heine,Christian, AU - Mouillot,David, AU - Bellwood,David R, AU - Pellissier,Loïc, Y1 - 2016/05/06/ PY - 2015/07/28/received PY - 2016/03/30/accepted PY - 2016/5/7/entrez PY - 2016/5/7/pubmed PY - 2018/9/12/medline SP - 11461 EP - 11461 JF - Nature communications JO - Nat Commun VL - 7 N2 - The Cretaceous breakup of Gondwana strongly modified the global distribution of shallow tropical seas reshaping the geographic configuration of marine basins. However, the links between tropical reef availability, plate tectonic processes and marine biodiversity distribution patterns are still unknown. Here, we show that a spatial diversification model constrained by absolute plate motions for the past 140 million years predicts the emergence and movement of diversity hotspots on tropical reefs. The spatial dynamics of tropical reefs explains marine fauna diversification in the Tethyan Ocean during the Cretaceous and early Cenozoic, and identifies an eastward movement of ancestral marine lineages towards the Indo-Australian Archipelago in the Miocene. A mechanistic model based only on habitat-driven diversification and dispersal yields realistic predictions of current biodiversity patterns for both corals and fishes. As in terrestrial systems, we demonstrate that plate tectonics played a major role in driving tropical marine shallow reef biodiversity dynamics. SN - 2041-1723 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27151103/Plate_tectonics_drive_tropical_reef_biodiversity_dynamics_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms11461 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -