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Tripp, Erin [1], Lendemer, James [2].

Nearly 6,000 species of North American Lichens: Distributions, Traits, Ecologies, and New Syndromes.

It is the 21st century, and synthetic understanding of species diversity and species distributions is still limited primarily to large, macroscopic, charismatic organisms such as birds, mammals, and flowering plants. Much less understood is whether patterns of diversity and distributions, as delimited by these ‘macrobes’, apply to other forms of life. We explore species diversity, species endemism, and patterns of trait distributions of the entire North American lichen biota (north of Mexico). This unique dataset is one of a kind in ecology given it is composed of all ~6,000 species of North American lichens. We use these data to test whether hotspots of diversity, as delimited by macrobes, hold in the case of all North American lichens. Additionally, we explore the notion of lichen “syndromes”, much in the way that pollination syndromes have come to characterize the repeated evolution of floral traits as a function of plant-pollinator interactions through time.

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1 - C105, Ramaley Hall, UCB350, Clare Small Building, Basement, Boulder, CO, 80309, United States
2 - The New York Botanical Garden, Institute Of Systematic Botany, 200th Street And Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY, 10458, United States

biodiversity hotspot.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper
Session: 4, Biogeography
Location: 105/Mayo Civic Center
Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2018
Time: 10:45 AM
Number: 4011
Abstract ID:815
Candidate for Awards:None

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