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Carlos F. D. Gurgel, Thomas Wernberg, Mads S. Thomsen, Bayden D. Russell, Paul Adam, Jonathan M. Waters and Sean D. Connell Shared patterns of species turnover between seaweeds and seed plants break down at increasing distances from the sea Ecology and Evolution 4

Article first published online: 5 DEC 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.893

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We tested for correlations in the degree of spatial similarity between algal and terrestrial plants communities along 5500 km of temperate Australian coastline and whether the strength of correlation weakens with increasing distance from the coast. We identified strong correlations between macroalgal and terrestrial plant communities within the first 100 km from shore, where the strength of these marine-terrestrial correlations indeed weakens with increasing distance inland. Our analysis suggests underlying ecological and evolutionary processes that give rise to continental-scale biogeographic influence from sea to land. Photo: Head of the Great Australian Bight.

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