Fish distributions along depth gradients of a sea mountain range conform to the mid‐domain effect

  title={Fish distributions along depth gradients of a sea mountain range conform to the mid‐domain effect},
  author={Shane Geange and Amelia MacLeod Connell and Philip J. Lester and Matthew R. Dunn and Kevin C. Burns},
Species richness often peaks in the middle of bounded geographic domains (e.g. latitude, altitude or depth). Hump-shaped richness distributions may be due to deterministic processes, such as adaptations to environmental variation. Alternatively, such distributions might also be due to stochastic process. The mid-domain effect (MDE) posits that hump-shaped richness distributions arise when species ranges are randomly arranged within the limits of the domain. We tested whether the MDE could… 

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