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Authors Saintilan, N
Author Full Name Saintilan, Neil
Title Biogeography of Australian saltmarsh plants
Source AUSTRAL ECOLOGY
Language English
Document Type Article
Author Keywords bioregion; distribution; flora; saltmarsh; temperature
Keywords Plus LATITUDINAL DIVERSITY GRADIENT; TEMPERATURE; GERMINATION; SALINITY
Abstract The paper seeks to define patterns in the distribution of Australian saltmarsh plants over a continental scale, and test for associations with environmental variables. The distribution of 93 species of Australian saltmarsh plants was documented from the records of the Australian Virtual Herbarium and published reports. The Interim Bioregionalisation of Australia provided a spatial unit for the analysis of patterns of diversity. Saltmarsh diversity was shown to be strongly correlated with latitude and temperature. Multivariate routines including cluster analysis demonstrated consistent geographic patterns in species assemblages. The primary distinction was found to be a north-south divide dissecting the continent at the latitude of 23 degrees south, separating a species-rich southern flora from a species-poor northern flora. Subsequent dissimilarities were defined between coastlines of contrasting orientation. Mean minimum temperature was found to explain nearly 80% of variability in saltmarsh species diversity between bioregions, with diversity inversely related to temperature.
Author Address NSW Dept Environm Climate Change & Water, Sydney, NSW 2001, Australia
Reprint Address Saintilan, N (corresponding author), NSW Dept Environm Climate Change & Water, POB A290, Sydney, NSW 2001, Australia.
E-mail Address Neil.Saintilan@environment.nsw.gov.au
ORCID Number Saintilan, Neil/0000-0001-9226-2005
Times Cited 36
Total Times Cited Count (WoS, BCI, and CSCD) 37
Publisher WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC
Publisher City MALDEN
Publisher Address COMMERCE PLACE, 350 MAIN ST, MALDEN 02148, MA USA
ISSN 1442-9985
29-Character Source Abbreviation AUSTRAL ECOL
ISO Source Abbreviation Austral Ecol.
Publication Date DEC
Year Published 2009
Volume 34
Issue 8
Beginning Page 929
Ending Page 937
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1111/j.1442-9993.2009.02001.x
Page Count 9
Web of Science Category Ecology
Subject Category Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Document Delivery Number 524EO
Unique Article Identifier WOS:000272126800010
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