A global evaluation of metabolic theory as an explanation for terrestrial species richness gradients.

  title={A global evaluation of metabolic theory as an explanation for terrestrial species richness gradients.},
  author={Bradford A. Hawkins and F{\'a}bio Suzart de Albuquerque and Miguel B. Ara{\'u}jo and Jan Beck and Luis Mauricio Bini and Francisco Jos{\'e} Cabrero-Sa{\~n}udo and Isabel Castro-Parga and Jos{\'e} Alexandre Felizola Diniz-Filho and Dolores Ferrer-Cast{\'a}n and Richard Field and J. Freire G{\'o}mez and Joaqu{\'i}n Hortal and Jeremy Kerr and Ian J. Kitching and Jorge Leonel Le{\'o}n-Cort{\'e}s and Jorge M. Lobo and Daniel Montoya and Juan C. Moreno and Miguel A. Olalla-Tarraga and Juli G. Pausas and Hong Qian and Carsten Rahbek and Miguel A. Rodriguez and Nathan J Sanders and Paul Williams},
  volume={88 8},
We compiled 46 broadscale data sets of species richness for a wide range of terrestrial plant, invertebrate, and ectothermic vertebrate groups in all parts of the world to test the ability of metabolic theory to account for observed diversity gradients. The theory makes two related predictions: (1) In-transformed richness is linearly associated with a linear, inverse transformation of annual temperature, and (2) the slope of the relationship is near -0.65. Of the 46 data sets, 14 had no… CONTINUE READING


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