Phylogenetic Relatedness Pattern and Climatic Correlates on the Distribution of Endemic Birds in China
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In this chapter, the mesoscale phylogenetic community structure of endemic
birds of China is analyzed and the associated possible driving climatic variables are
evaluated. The results show that, over the 568 0.5° x 0.5° grid cells covering the
territory of China, overdispersion is the major phylogenetic community pattern for
endemic birds, as indicated by prevailing negative values of standardized net
relatedness index (NRI) and the nearest taxon index (NTI), and the small NRI/NTI ratio
values over grid cells. The most correlated climatic variable with NRI/NTI ratio over
studied grid cells is relative humidity as indicated by partial correlation test which
controls the effect of spatial autocorrelation. Interspecific competition may explain the
overdispersion patterns for endemic bird community structure in China.
Avian endemism, clustering versus overdispersion, ecophylogenetics,
environmental correlates, environmental filtering, evolutionary distinctiveness,
evolutionary history, macroecology, phylogenetic community structure,
phylogenetic filtering, phylogenetic history, spatial distribution.
Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta Edmonton, T6G 2H1, Canada.