Dissecting latitudinal diversity gradients: functional groups and clades of marine bivalves.

@article{Roy2000DissectingLD,
  title={Dissecting latitudinal diversity gradients: functional groups and clades of marine bivalves.},
  author={Kaustuv Datta Deepak Kar Debarati Roy and David Jablonski and James W. Valentine},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2000},
  volume={267 1440},
  pages={293-9}
}
The latitudinal diversity gradient, with maximum taxonomic richness in the tropics, is widely accepted as being pervasive on land, but the existence of this pattern in the sea has been surprisingly controversial. This is partly due to Thorson's influential claim that the normal latitudinal diversity gradient occurs in marine epifauna (taxa living on the surface of the substratum) but not in infauna (burrowing or boring into the substratum), a contrast he attributed to the greater spatial and… CONTINUE READING
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