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Global distribution of earthworm diversity

Phillips, Helen R.P.; Guerra, Carlos A.; Bartz, Marie L.C.; Briones, Maria J.I.; Brown, George; Crowther, Thomas W.; Ferlian, Olga; Gongalsky, Konstantin B.; van den Hoogen, Johan; Krebs, Julia; Orgiazzi, Alberto; Routh, Devin; Schwarz, Benjamin; Bach, Elizabeth M.; Bennett, Joanne; Brose, Ulrich; Decaëns, Thibaud; König-Ries, Birgitta; Loreau, Michel; Mathieu, Jérôme; Mulder, Christian; van der Putten, Wim H.; Ramirez, Kelly S.; Rillig, Matthias C.; Russell, David; Rutgers, Michiel; Thakur, Madhav P.; de Vries, Franciska T.; Wall, Diana H.; Wardle, David A.; Arai, Miwa; Ayuke, Fredrick O.; Baker, Geoff H.; Beauséjour, Robin; Bedano, José C.; Birkhofer, Klaus; Blanchart, Eric; Blossey, Bernd; Bolger, Thomas; Bradley, Robert L.; Callaham, Mac A.; Capowiez, Yvan; Caulfield, Mark E.; Choi, Amy; Crotty, Felicity V.; Dávalos, Andrea; Cosin, Darío J. Diaz; Dominguez, Anahí; Duhour, Andrés Esteban; van Eekeren, Nick; Emmerling, Christoph; Falco, Liliana B.; Fernández, Rosa; Fonte, Steven J.; Fragoso, Carlos; Franco, André L.C.; Fugère, Martine; Fusilero, Abegail T.; Gholami, Shaieste; Gundale, Michael J.; López, Mónica Gutiérrez; Hackenberger, Davorka K.; Hernández, Luis M.; Hishi, Takuo; Holdsworth, Andrew R.; Holmstrup, Martin; Hopfensperger, Kristine N.; Lwanga, Esperanza Huerta; Huhta, Veikko; Hurisso, Tunsisa T.; Iannone, Basil V.; Iordache, Madalina; Joschko, Monika; Kaneko, Nobuhiro; Kanianska, Radoslava; Keith, Aidan M.; Kelly, Courtland A.; Kernecker, Maria L.; Klaminder, Jonatan; Koné, Armand W.; Kooch, Yahya; Kukkonen, Sanna T.; Lalthanzara, H.; Lammel, Daniel R.; Lebedev, Iurii M.; Li, Yiqing; Lidon, Juan B. Jesus; Lincoln, Noa K.; Loss, Scott R.; Marichal, Raphael; Matula, Radim; Moos, Jan Hendrik; Moreno, Gerardo; Morón-Ríos, Alejandro; Muys, Bart; Neirynck, Johan; Norgrove, Lindsey; Novo, Marta; Nuutinen, Visa; Nuzzo, Victoria; Rahman P, Mujeeb; Pansu, Johan; Paudel, Shishir; Pérès, Guénola; Pérez-Camacho, Lorenzo; Piñeiro, Raúl; Ponge, Jean-François; Rashid, Muhammad Imtiaz; Rebollo, Salvador; Rodeiro-Iglesias, Javier; Rodríguez, Miguel Á.; Roth, Alexander M.; Rousseau, Guillaume X.; Rozen, Anna; Sayad, Ehsan; van Schaik, Loes; Scharenbroch, Bryant C.; Schirrmann, Michael; Schmidt, Olaf; Schröder, Boris; Seeber, Julia; Shashkov, Maxim P.; Singh, Jaswinder; Smith, Sandy M.; Steinwandter, Michael; Talavera, José A.; Trigo, Dolores; Tsukamoto, Jiro; de Valença, Anne W.; Vanek, Steven J.; Virto, Iñigo; Wackett, Adrian A.; Warren, Matthew W.; Wehr, Nathaniel H.; Whalen, Joann K.; Wironen, Michael B.; Wolters, Volkmar; Zenkova, Irina V.; Zhang, Weixin; Cameron, Erin K.; Eisenhauer, Nico. 2019 Global distribution of earthworm diversity. Science, 366 (6464). 480-485. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aax4851

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Abstract/Summary

Soil organisms, including earthworms, are a key component of terrestrial ecosystems. However, little is known about their diversity, their distribution, and the threats affecting them. We compiled a global dataset of sampled earthworm communities from 6928 sites in 57 countries as a basis for predicting patterns in earthworm diversity, abundance, and biomass. We found that local species richness and abundance typically peaked at higher latitudes, displaying patterns opposite to those observed in aboveground organisms. However, high species dissimilarity across tropical locations may cause diversity across the entirety of the tropics to be higher than elsewhere. Climate variables were found to be more important in shaping earthworm communities than soil properties or habitat cover. These findings suggest that climate change may have serious implications for earthworm communities and for the functions they provide.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aax4851
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Soils and Land Use (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 0036-8075
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Agriculture and Soil Science
Zoology
Date made live: 29 Oct 2019 15:01 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/525649

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