Large-scale ocean connectivity and planktonic body size, supplement to: Villarino, Ernesto; Watson, James R; Jönsson, Bror; Gasol, Josep M; Salazar, Guillem; Acinas, Silvia G; Estrada, Marta; Massana, Ramón; Logares, Ramiro; Giner, Caterina R; Pernice, M

  • Ernesto Villarino (Creator)
  • James R. Watson (Creator)
  • Bror Jönsson (Creator)
  • Josep M. Gasol (Creator)
  • Guillem Salazar (Creator)
  • Silvia G. Acinas (Creator)
  • Marta Estrada (Creator)
  • Ramon Massana (Creator)
  • Ramiro Logares (Creator)
  • Caterina R. Giner (Creator)
  • Massimo C. Pernice (Creator)
  • M. Pilar Olivar (Creator)
  • Leire Citores (Creator)
  • Jon Corell (Creator)
  • Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta (Creator)
  • José Luis Acuña (Creator)
  • Axayacatl Molina-Ramírez (Creator)
  • J. Ignacio González-Gordillo (Creator)
  • Andrés Cózar (Creator)
  • Elisa Martí (Creator)
  • José A. Cuesta (Creator)
  • Susana Agusti (Creator)
  • Eugenio Fraile-Nuez (Creator)
  • Carlos Duarte (Creator)
  • Xabier Irigoien (Creator)
  • Guillem Chust (Creator)
  • Ernesto Villarino (Creator)
  • James R. Watson (Creator)
  • Bror Jönsson (Creator)
  • Josep M. Gasol (Creator)
  • Guillem Salazar (Creator)
  • Silvia G. Acinas (Creator)
  • Marta Estrada (Creator)
  • Ramon Massana (Creator)
  • Ramiro Logares (Creator)
  • Caterina R. Giner (Creator)
  • Massimo C. Pernice (Creator)
  • M. Pilar Olivar (Creator)
  • Leire Citores (Creator)
  • Jon Corell (Creator)
  • Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta (Creator)
  • José Luis Acuña (Creator)
  • Axayacatl Molina-Ramírez (Creator)
  • J. Ignacio González-Gordillo (Creator)
  • Andrés Cózar (Creator)
  • Elisa Martí (Creator)
  • José A. Cuesta (Creator)
  • Eugenio Fraile-Nuez (Creator)
  • Xabier Irigoien (Creator)
  • Guillem Chust (Creator)

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Global patterns of planktonic diversity are mainly determined by the dispersal of propagules with ocean currents. However, the role that abundance and body size plays in determining spatial patterns of diversity remains unclear. Here, we analyze spatial community structure - beta-diversity - for several planktonic and nektonic organisms spanning from prokaryotes to small mesopelagic fishes collected during the Malaspina 2010 Expedition. beta-diversity were compared to surface ocean transit times derived from a global circulation model, revealing a significant negative relationship that is stronger than environmental differences. Estimated dispersal scales for different groups show a negative correlation with body-size, where less abundant large-bodied communities have significantly shorter dispersal scales and larger spatial species-turnover rates than more abundant small-bodied plankton. Our results confirm that the dispersal scale of planktonic and micro-nektonic organisms is determined by local abundance, which scales with body size, ultimately setting global spatial patterns of diversity.
  • Large-scale ocean connectivity and planktonic body size

    Villarino, E., Watson, J. R., Jönsson, B., Gasol, J. M., Salazar, G., Acinas, S. G., Estrada, M., Massana, R., Logares, R., Giner, C. R., Pernice, M. C., Olivar, M. P., Citores, L., Corell, J., Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, N., Acuña, J. L., Molina-Ramírez, A., González-Gordillo, J. I., Cózar, A., Martí, E. & 6 others, Cuesta, J. A., Agusti, S., Fraile-Nuez, E., Duarte, C. M., Irigoien, X. & Chust, G., Jan 10 2018, In: Nature Communications. 9, 1

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