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Global-scale relationships between colonization ability and range size in marine and freshwater fish
Strona, G.; Galli, P.; Montano, S.; Seveso, D.; Fattorini, S. (2012). Global-scale relationships between colonization ability and range size in marine and freshwater fish. PLoS One 7(11): e49465.
In: PLoS One. Public Library of Science: San Francisco. ISSN 1932-6203, more
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    Marine; Fresh water

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  • Strona, G.
  • Galli, P.
  • Montano, S.
  • Seveso, D.
  • Fattorini, S.

    Although fish range sizes are expected to be associated with species dispersal ability, several studies failed to find a clear relationship between range size and duration of larval stage as a measure of dispersal potential. We investigated how six characteristics of the adult phase of fishes (maximum body length, growth rate, age at first maturity, life span, trophic level and frequency of occurrence) possibly associated with colonization ability correlate with range size in both freshwater and marine species at global scale. We used more than 12 million point records to estimate range size of 1829 freshwater species and 10068 marine species. As measures of range size we used both area of occupancy and extent of occurrence. Relationships between range size and species traits were assessed using Canonical Correlation Analysis. We found that frequency of occurrence and maximum body length had a strong influence on range size measures, which is consistent with patterns previously found (at smaller scales) in several other taxa. Freshwater and marine fishes showed striking similarities, suggesting the existence of common mechanisms regulating fish biogeography in the marine and freshwater realms.

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