Non-linear thresholds in the effects of island area on functional diversity in woody plant communities

Aiying Zhang, Shilu Zheng, Raphael K. Didham, Robert D. Holt & Mingjian Yu
1. Threshold non-linearities in the relationship between island area and species richness can result in dramatic declines in richness with a seemingly small decline in area near the threshold. What is not known, is whether threshold declines in richness are also accompanied by non-linear changes in functional trait space and non-random shifts of trait group composition in response to declining area. 2. Plant species richness was recorded, and four functional diversity (FD) indices calculated based...
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