Global variation in elevational diversity patterns.

  title={Global variation in elevational diversity patterns.},
  author={Qinfeng Guo and Douglas A. Kelt and Zhongyu Sun and Hongxiao Liu and Liangjun Hu and Hai Bing Ren and Jun Wen},
  journal={Scientific reports},
While horizontal gradients of biodiversity have been examined extensively in the past, vertical diversity gradients (elevation, water depth) are attracting increasing attention. We compiled data from 443 elevational gradients involving diverse organisms worldwide to investigate how elevational diversity patterns may vary between the Northern and Southern hemispheres and across latitudes. Our results show that most elevational diversity curves are positively skewed (maximum diversity below the… CONTINUE READING
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