Algal traits with abundances

dc.coverage.spatial Nielsen Park, Sydney, Australia en_US 2021-11-26T09:19:29Z 2021-11-26T09:19:29Z 2020 en_US
dc.description.abstract Morphological traits for each thallus with associated epifaunal abundances. en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC-BY
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.subject.other Morphological traits en_US
dc.subject.other Abundance en_US
dc.subject.other Epifauna en_US
dc.title Algal traits with abundances en_US
dc.type Dataset en_US
dcterms.accessRights open access
dcterms.rightsHolder Copyright 2020, University of New South Wales en_US
dspace.entity.type Dataset en_US
unsw.contributor.leadChiefInvestigator Stelling-Wood, Talia en_US
unsw.contributor.researchDataCreator Poore, Alistair en_US
unsw.contributor.researchDataCreator Gribben, Paul en_US
unsw.coverage.temporalFrom 2016-09-05 en_US
unsw.coverage.temporalTo 2017-03-31 en_US
unsw.identifier.doi en_US
unsw.relation.OriginalPublicationAffiliation Stelling-Wood, Talia, Biotech & Biomolecular Science, Faculty of Science, en_US
unsw.relation.OriginalPublicationAffiliation Poore, Alistair, Biological| Earth & Env Sci, Faculty of Science, en_US
unsw.relation.OriginalPublicationAffiliation Gribben, Paul, Biological| Earth & Env Sci, Faculty of Science, en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Science
unsw.relation.projectDesc An important goal of ecology is to understand how the functional traits of organisms affect the identity, abundance and diversity of co-occurring species. To date, trait-based ecology has primarily been concerned with interspecific variability, using mean trait values to describe species. The role of intra-specific variation is less well understood despite many ecosystems, such as temperate reefs, being dominated by few species of habitat-forming macroalgae that can display very high levels of intra-specific variation in morphology. In these ecosystems, intra- not interspecific variation may have stronger effects on biodiversity. To test the relative importance of among and within-species variation in morphology on ecosystem functioning, we quantified morphological traits for six co-occurring habitat-forming algal species across nine months and tested the efficacy of these traits in predicting associated community structure. Algal morphology was highly variable both among species groups and among individuals within species groups. Habitat quantity traits (biomass and height) were found to be influential predictors of total epifauna abundance, whilst habitat complexity traits (mean and variance in frond surface area) were influential in predicting overall community diversity metrics. These results suggest that habitat structure does play a role in determining community structure, and highlight the need to consider intraspecific as well as interspecific variation in habitat-fauna relationships. en_US
unsw.relation.projectEndDate 2020-06-30 en_US
unsw.relation.projectStartDate 2017-06-01 en_US
unsw.relation.projectTitle Morphological variability in macroalgae en_US School of Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
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