Journal article

Plate tectonics drive tropical reef biodiversity dynamics

  • Leprieur, Fabien UMR MARBEC, (CNRS, IRD, IFREMER, UM), Montpellier, France
  • Descombes, Patrice University of Fribourg, Unit of Ecology & Evolution, Switzerland - Swiss Federal Research Institute, Birmensdorf, Switzerland - Landscape Ecology, Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems, ETH Zürich, Sitzerland
  • Gaboriau, Théo UMR MARBEC, (CNRS, IRD, IFREMER, UM), Montpellier, France
  • Cowman, Peter F. Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
  • Parravicini, Valeriano CRIOBE, USR 3278 CNRS-EPHE-UPVD, LABEX ‘CORAIL, University of Perpignan, France - CESAB-FRB, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Kulbicki, Michel Institut pour la Recherche en Développement, UR UMR "Entropie" -Labex Corail- Université de Perpignan, France
  • Melián, Carlos J. Department of Fish Ecology and Evolution, Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquaticv Science and Technology, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland
  • Santana, Charles N. de Department of Fish Ecology and Evolution, Eawag: Swiss Federal Institute of Aquaticv Science and Technology, Kastanienbaum, Switzerland
  • Heine, Christian EarthByte Group, The University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Mouillot, David UMR MARBEC, (CNRS, IRD, IFREMER, UM), Montpellier, France - Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
  • Bellwood, David R. Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia - College of Marine and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
  • Pellissier, Loïc University of Fribourg, Unit of Ecology & Evolution, Switzerland - Swiss Federal Research Institute, Birmensdorf, Switzerland - Landscape Ecology, Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems, ETH Zürich, Sitzerland
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    06.05.2016
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  • Nature Communications. - 2016, vol. 7, p. 11461
English The Cretaceous breakup of Gondwana strongly modified the global distribution of shallow tropical seas reshaping the geographic configuration of marine basins. However, the links between tropical reef availability, plate tectonic processes and marine biodiversity distribution patterns are still unknown. Here, we show that a spatial diversification model constrained by absolute plate motions for the past 140 million years predicts the emergence and movement of diversity hotspots on tropical reefs. The spatial dynamics of tropical reefs explains marine fauna diversification in the Tethyan Ocean during the Cretaceous and early Cenozoic, and identifies an eastward movement of ancestral marine lineages towards the Indo-Australian Archipelago in the Miocene. A mechanistic model based only on habitat-driven diversification and dispersal yields realistic predictions of current biodiversity patterns for both corals and fishes. As in terrestrial systems, we demonstrate that plate tectonics played a major role in driving tropical marine shallow reef biodiversity dynamics.
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Faculté des sciences et de médecine
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Département de Biologie
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  • English
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Biological sciences
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