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Intraspecific and interspecific functional diversity in Atlantic Forest lowlands tadpoles metacommunities

Grant number: 15/14859-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): November 10, 2015
Effective date (End): September 09, 2016
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Ecology - Theoretical Ecology
Principal Investigator:Denise de Cerqueira Rossa-Feres
Grantee:Mainara Xavier Jordani
Supervisor: Nicolas Mouquet
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil
Research place: Université Montpellier 2, France  
Associated to the scholarship:13/26406-3 - Functional and phylogenetic diversity in tadpoles communities, BP.DR


Trait-based community assembly is mostly driven by non-random processes of species sorting: habitat filtering and niche differentiation. The theories of community assembly have focused on interspecific difference between co-occurring species, disregarding intraspecific functional variability. Tadpoles metacommunities offer an excellent system to understand the relative influence of intra- and interspecific functional variability in assembling communities, due to their ecosystem role, phenotypic plasticity and sensitivity in their spatial distribution and performance due the influence of environment variables. In this project, we intend to disentangle the influence of intra- and interspecific trait variation in the establishment and persistence of traits and in species composition in tadpoles communities, at local and regional scales. Therefore, we selected eight functional traits from 10 morphological features of 384 tadpoles from 22 anurans species, sampled on 37 ponds located in open- and close-canopy areas at the Atlantic Rain Forest lowlands in São Paulo state. To determine how trait variability is structured between and within species we will decompose the trait variability according these different levels of variation, in both single-trait and multi-traits analyses. We hypothesize that incorporating functional intra- and interspecific trait variability will allow detection of the influence of canopy cover as an environmental filter in assembling tadpoles metacommunities.

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JORDANI, MAINARA XAVIER; MOUQUET, NICOLAS; CASATTI, LILIAN; MENIN, MARCELO; ROSSA-FERES, DENISE DE CERQUEIRA; ALBERT, CECILE HELENE. Intraspecific and interspecific trait variability in tadpole meta-communities from the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, v. 9, n. 7, p. 4025-4037, . (13/26406-3, 15/14859-9, 10/52321-7)

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