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Macroevolutionary stability predicts interaction patterns of species in seed dispersal networks

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Author(s):
Burin, Gustavo [1, 2] ; Guimaraes Jr, Paulo R. ; Quental, Tiago B. [3]
Total Authors: 3
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Biociencias, Dept Ecol, Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Nat Hist Museum, Dept Life Sci, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD - England
[3] Guimaraes Jr, Jr., Paulo R., Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Biociencias, Dept Ecol, Sao Paulo - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: Science; v. 372, n. 6543, p. 733+, MAY 14 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 5
Abstract

Assessing deep-time mechanisms affecting the assembly of ecological networks is key to understanding biodiversity changes on broader time scales. We combined analyses of diversification rates with interaction network descriptors from 468 bird species belonging to 29 seed dispersal networks to show that bird species that contribute most to the network structure of plant-frugivore interactions belong to lineages that show higher macroevolutionary stability. This association is stronger in warmer, wetter, less seasonal environments. We infer that the macroevolutionary sorting mechanism acts through the regional pool of species by sorting species on the basis of the available relative differences in diversification rates, rather than absolute rates. Our results illustrate how the interplay between interaction patterns and diversification dynamics may shape the organization and long-term dynamics of ecological networks. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 18/04821-2 - Environmental changes in deep time and the diversification of terrestrial vertebrates
Grantee:Gustavo Burin Ferreira
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
FAPESP's process: 12/04072-3 - The role of extinction and speciation rates, and the effect of different levels of biological organization on the origin and maintenance of biodiversity
Grantee:Tiago Bosisio Quental
Support Opportunities: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants
FAPESP's process: 14/03621-9 - The roles of diet, speciation and extinction on bird diversification and frugivory network assembling
Grantee:Gustavo Burin Ferreira
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 18/14809-0 - Evolutionary dynamics in ecological networks
Grantee:Paulo Roberto Guimarães Junior
Support Opportunities: Research Grants - Young Investigators Grants - Phase 2
FAPESP's process: 18/05462-6 - Ecological controls of biodiversity in deep time
Grantee:Tiago Bosisio Quental
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants