Exploring the Interplay Between Local and Regional Drivers of Distribution of a Subterranean Organism

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dc.contributor.author Mammola, Stefano
dc.contributor.author Aharon, Shlomi
dc.contributor.author Seifan, Merav
dc.contributor.author Lubin, Yael
dc.contributor.author Gavish-Regev, Efrat
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-19T08:49:01Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-19T08:49:01Z
dc.date.issued 2019-08
dc.identifier.citation Mammola , S , Aharon , S , Seifan , M , Lubin , Y & Gavish-Regev , E 2019 , ' Exploring the Interplay Between Local and Regional Drivers of Distribution of a Subterranean Organism ' , Diversity-Bazel , vol. 11 , no. 8 , 119 . https://doi.org/10.3390/d11080119
dc.identifier.other PURE: 126862334
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: b4a080bf-1b78-4987-a388-b2bd440904b5
dc.identifier.other WOS: 000482961700009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/305516
dc.description.abstract Caves are excellent model systems to study the effects of abiotic factors on species distributions due to their selective conditions. Different ecological factors have been shown to affect species distribution depending on the scale of analysis, whether regional or local. The interplay between local and regional factors in explaining the spatial distribution of cave-dwelling organisms is poorly understood. Using the troglophilic subterranean spider Artema nephilit (Araneae: Pholcidae) as a model organism, we investigated whether similar environmental predictors drive the species distribution at these two spatial scales. At the local scale, we monitored the abundance of the spiders and measured relevant environmental features in 33 caves along the Jordan Rift Valley. We then extended the analysis to a regional scale, investigating the drivers of the distribution using species distribution models. We found that similar ecological factors determined the distribution at both local and regional scales for A. nephilit. At a local scale, the species was found to preferentially occupy the outermost, illuminated, and warmer sectors of caves. Similarly, mean annual temperature, annual temperature range, and solar radiation were the most important drivers of its regional distribution. By investigating these two spatial scales simultaneously, we showed that it was possible to achieve an in-depth understanding of the environmental conditions that governs subterranean species distribution. en
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject Araneae
dc.subject distribution
dc.subject Levant
dc.subject local scale
dc.subject regional scale
dc.subject ecological niche modeling
dc.subject subterranean troglophile
dc.subject ECOLOGICAL NICHE
dc.subject MODEL SELECTION
dc.subject BEETLES COLEOPTERA
dc.subject DIVERSITY PATTERNS
dc.subject SPECIES RICHNESS
dc.subject SPATIAL SCALES
dc.subject CLIMATE
dc.subject EVOLUTION
dc.subject BIODIVERSITY
dc.subject CRUSTACEANS
dc.subject 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
dc.subject 1172 Environmental sciences
dc.title Exploring the Interplay Between Local and Regional Drivers of Distribution of a Subterranean Organism en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Zoology
dc.contributor.organization Finnish Museum of Natural History
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.3390/d11080119
dc.relation.issn 1424-2818
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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