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Transitions between biomes are common and directional in Bombacoideae (Malvaceae)

Journal article
Authors Alexander Zizka
J. G. Carvalho-Sobrinho
R. T. Pennington
L. P. Queiroz
S. Alcantara
D. A. Baum
Christine D. Bacon
Alexandre Antonelli
Published in Journal of Biogeography
Volume 47
Issue 6
Pages 1310-1321
ISSN 0305-0270
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Pages 1310-1321
Language en
Keywords biome connectivity, biome shift, diversification, rain forest, seasonality, seasonally dry biomes, tropical biodiversity, niche conservatism, species richness, seasonally dry, diversification, biogeography, shifts, evolutionary, proteaceae, phylogeny, biodiversity, Environmental Sciences & Ecology, Physical Geography
Subject categories Biological Sciences


Aim To quantify evolutionary transitions between tropical evergreen rain forest and seasonally dry biomes, to test whether biome transitions affect lineage diversification and to examine the robustness of these results to methodological choices. Location The tropics. Time period The Cenozoic. Major taxa studied The plant subfamily Bombacoideae (Malvaceae). Methods We inferred ancestral biomes based on a fossil-dated molecular phylogeny of 103 species (59% of the clade) and recorded the number of transitions among biomes using biogeographical stochastic mapping based on the dispersal-extinction-cladogenesis model. We then estimated diversification rates using state-specific speciation and extinction rate (SSE) methods. Furthermore, we tested the sensitivity of the results to model choice, phylogenetic uncertainty, measurement error and biome definition. Results We found numerous transitions from evergreen rain forest to seasonally dry biomes, and fewer in the opposite direction. These results were robust to methodological choices. Biome type did not influence diversification rates, although this result was subject to uncertainty, especially related to model choice and biome definition. Main conclusions Our results contradict the idea of evolutionary biome conservatism in Bombacoideae, and support previous findings that evergreen rain forests serve as a source for the flora of seasonally dry biomes. The impact of biome classification and biome definition on the results suggest caution when using a biome concept for biogeographical reconstruction and diversification rate analysis.

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