Differential niche dynamics among major marine invertebrate clades

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Hopkins M, Simpson C, Kießling W
Journal: Ecology Letters
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication year: 2014
Volume: 17
Journal issue: 3
Pages range: 314-323
ISSN: 1461-023X


The degree to which organisms retain their environmental preferences is of utmost importance in predicting their fate in a world of rapid climate change. Notably, marine invertebrates frequently show strong affinities for either carbonate or terrigenous clastic environments. This affinity is due to characteristics of the sediments as well as correlated environmental factors. We assessed the conservatism of substrate affinities of marine invertebrates over geological timescales, and found that niche conservatism is prevalent in the oceans, and largely determined by the strength of initial habitat preference. There is substantial variation in niche conservatism among major clades with corals and sponges being among the most conservative. Time-series analysis suggests that niche conservatism is enhanced during times of elevated nutrient flux, whereas niche evolution tends to occur after mass extinctions. Niche evolution is not necessarily elevated in genera exhibiting higher turnover in species composition. © 2013 The Authors. Ecology Letters published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and CNRS.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Hopkins, Melanie
Lehrstuhl für Paläoumwelt
Kießling, Wolfgang Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Paläoumwelt

External institutions with authors

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

How to cite

Hopkins, M., Simpson, C., & Kießling, W. (2014). Differential niche dynamics among major marine invertebrate clades. Ecology Letters, 17(3), 314-323. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ele.12232

Hopkins, Melanie, Carl Simpson, and Wolfgang Kießling. "Differential niche dynamics among major marine invertebrate clades." Ecology Letters 17.3 (2014): 314-323.


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