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Zhenyuan Liu, Jani Heino, Janne Soininen, Tingting Zhou, Weimin Wang, Yongde Cui, Yushun Chen, Zhengfei Li, Junqian Zhang, Zhicai Xie, Different responses of incidence-weighted and abundance-weighted multiple facets of macroinvertebrate beta diversity to urbanization in a subtropical river system, Ecological Indicators, Volume 143, 2022, 109357, ISSN 1470-160X,

Different responses of incidence-weighted and abundance-weighted multiple facets of macroinvertebrate beta diversity to urbanization in a subtropical river system

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Author: Liu, Zhenyuan1,2; Heino, Jani3; Soininen, Janne4;
Organizations: 1The Key Laboratory of Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430072, China
2University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China
3Geography Research Unit, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 8000, FI-90014 Oulu, Finland
4Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, Helsinki FIN-00014, Finland
5Central Station for Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Shenzhen 518049, China
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-08-31


Urbanization is one of the major drivers of biotic homogenization (i.e., decrease in beta diversity) in freshwater systems. However, only a few studies have simultaneously examined how urbanization affects multiple facets (i.e., taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic) of beta diversity and its underlying ecological drivers in urban river macroinvertebrates. Here, we distinguished the patterns and ecological mechanisms of multiple facets of macroinvertebrate beta diversity weighted by incidence and abundance data in a subtropical river system with a distinct urbanization gradient. We also investigated how total beta diversity patterns stem from replacement versus richness difference among sites. Our results showed that taxonomic and phylogenetic beta diversities weighted by incidence data were primarily driven by replacement of taxa, whereas the richness difference contributed more to multiple facets of beta diversity based on abundance data. Furthermore, multiple facets of beta diversity decreased with urbanization for both incidence-weighted and abundance-weighted data, but the former showed more substantial decreases. Both replacement and richness difference components contributed roughly equally to the decline of incidence-weighted beta diversity. In contrast, the losses of abundance-weighted beta diversity were mainly associated with replacement of taxa. Variation partitioning results revealed that all beta diversity measures based on incidence data were governed primarily by local and land-use variables, whereas spatial variables were more relevant in driving beta diversity weighted by abundance data. Overall, by comparing different facets and components of beta diversity weighted by incidence versus abundance data, we suggest that incidence-weighted data may be more sensitive in portraying the impacts of urbanization on macroinvertebrate diversity. This likely resulted from the fact that incidence-weighted data shows the importance of rare taxa in shaping homogenization induced by urbanization.

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Series: Ecological indicators
ISSN: 1470-160X
ISSN-E: 1872-7034
ISSN-L: 1470-160X
Volume: 143
Article number: 109357
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2022.109357
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 1171 Geosciences
1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
Funding: This work was supported by the program “Shenzhen City under the grant of Aquatic Ecological Monitoring and Assessment for Major rivers” (No. 2019-07-233) and “Special Foundation for National Science and Technology Basic Research Program of China” (Grant No. 2019FY101903). JH was supported by Grant No. 331957 from the Academy of Finland.
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