Scope for latitudinal extension of reef corals is species specific

Madin, Joshua S., Allen, Andrew P., Baird, Andrew H., Pandolfi, John M. and Sommer, Brigitte (2016) Scope for latitudinal extension of reef corals is species specific. Frontiers of Biogeography, 8 1: e29328.1-e29328.4.

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Author Madin, Joshua S.
Allen, Andrew P.
Baird, Andrew H.
Pandolfi, John M.
Sommer, Brigitte
Title Scope for latitudinal extension of reef corals is species specific
Journal name Frontiers of Biogeography   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1948-6596
Publication date 2016-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 8
Issue 1
Start page e29328.1
End page e29328.4
Total pages 4
Place of publication Westlake Village, CA, United States
Publisher International Biogeography Society
Language eng
Subject 2306 Global and Planetary Change
1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
2303 Ecology
Abstract In their recent paper, Muir et al. (Science, 2015, 348, 1135-1138) demonstrate that the maximum depths of staghorn coral assemblages are shallower at higher latitudes, a trend that correlates with winter light levels. Based on these findings, the authors hypothesize that light availability limits the current latitudinal extent of the group and will constrain future range expansion. Here we reanalyze their data and show that depth-latitude relationships vary substantially among species, and that most species show either no significant pattern or the opposite pattern. In so doing, our reanalysis highlights a common misinterpretation of mixed-effects models: the fallacy of the average. Our findings are also consistent with fossil and contemporary observations of coral range-shifts. The factors that limit the current range extent of corals remain elusive, but they are likely speciesspecific and will require much further research to elucidate.
Keyword Corals
Fallacy of the average
Range shifts
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