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Should phylogenetic and functional diversity metrics compose macroinvertebrate multimetric indices for stream biomonitoring?

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Saito, Victor S. [1, 2] ; Siqueira, Tadeu [3] ; Fonseca-Gessner, Alaide Ap. [4]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Fed Sao Carlos, Programa Posgrad Ecol & Recursos Nat, Ctr Ciencias Biol & Saude, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Sao Carlos, Lab Ecol Insetos Aquat, Dept Hidrobiol, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[3] UNESP Univ Estadual Paulista, Dept Ecol, Inst Biociencias, Rio Claro, SP - Brazil
[4] Univ Fed Sao Carlos, Ctr Ciencias Biol & Saude, Dept Hidrobiol, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: Hydrobiologia; v. 745, n. 1, p. 167-179, FEB 2015.
Web of Science Citations: 18

The idea behind multimetric indices is to integrate information from several metrics to provide a general classification of water bodies without losing the particularities of each individual metric. Historically, multimetric indices use information on richness, taxon sensitivity, and taxonomic diversity. Recently, functional and phylogenetic diversity proved to capture different dimensions of biodiversity. Here we asked if these new metrics provide complementary information to classical metrics and should be included in multimetric indices. We used an index construction protocol based on statistical filters to test candidate metrics for range, sensitivity, and redundancy. We used macroinvertebrate data from streams located in a Savanna region of Brazil, encompassing a gradient of impact, to test our ideas. Of 41 candidate metrics, functional dispersion of functional diversity, mean nearest neighbor distance of phylogenetic diversity, and four classical metrics passed the filter selection composing the final multimetric index. Our results indicated that functional and phylogenetic diversity metrics indeed responded to environmental impact and complemented the information provided by classical metrics. We suggest that future indices should consider including new metrics of functional and phylogenetic diversity to properly monitor multiple dimensions of biodiversity. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/50424-1 - Scaling biodiversity in tropical and boreal streams: implications for diversity mapping and environmental assessment (ScaleBio)
Grantee:Tadeu de Siqueira Barros
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 13/20540-0 - Process in metacommunities: ecological, evolutive and spatial factors structuring aquatic macroinvertebrates communities
Grantee:Victor Satoru Saito
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 11/15077-3 - Characterization of macroinvertebrates fauna in Cerrado low order streams in São Paulo state
Grantee:Victor Satoru Saito
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master