Rarity of monodominance in hyperdiverse Amazonian forests

Hans ter Steege, Terry W. Henkel, Nora Helal, Beatriz S. Marimon, Ben Hur Marimon-Junior, Andreas Huth, Jürgen Groeneveld, Daniel Sabatier, Luiz de Souza Coelho, Diogenes de Andrade Lima Filho, Rafael P. Salomão, Iêda Leão Amaral, Francisca Dionízia de Almeida Matos, Carolina V. Castilho, Oliver L. Phillips, Juan Ernesto Guevara, Marcelo de Jesus Veiga Carim, Dairon Cárdenas López, William E. Magnusson, Florian WittmannMariana Victória Irume, Maria Pires Martins, José Renan da Silva Guimarães, Jean François Molino, Olaf S. Bánki, Maria Teresa Fernandez Piedade, Nigel C.A. Pitman, Abel Monteagudo Mendoza, José Ferreira Ramos, Bruno Garcia Luize, Evlyn Márcia Moraes de Leão Novo, Percy Núñez Vargas, Thiago Sanna Freire Silva, Eduardo Martins Venticinque, Angelo Gilberto Manzatto, Neidiane Farias Costa Reis, John Terborgh, Katia Regina Casula, Euridice N. Honorio Coronado, Juan Carlos Montero, Ted R. Feldpausch, Alvaro Duque, Flávia R.C. Costa, Nicolás Castaño Arboleda, Jochen Schöngart, Timothy J. Killeen, Rodolfo Vasquez, Bonifacio Mostacedo, Layon O. Demarchi, Rafael L. Assis, Chris Baraloto, Julien Engel, Pascal Petronelli, Hernán Castellanos, Marcelo Brilhante de Medeiros, Adriano Quaresma, Marcelo Fragomeni Simon, Ana Andrade, José Luís Camargo, Susan G.W. Laurance, William F. Laurance, Lorena M. Rincón, Juliana Schietti, Thaiane R. Sousa, Emanuelle de Sousa Farias, Maria Aparecida Lopes, José Leonardo Lima Magalhães, Henrique Eduardo Mendonça Nascimento, Helder Lima de Queiroz, Gerardo A. Aymard C, Roel Brienen, Juan David Cardenas Revilla, Ima Célia Guimarães Vieira, Bruno Barçante Ladvocat Cintra, Pablo R. Stevenson, Yuri Oliveira Feitosa, Joost F. Duivenvoorden, Hugo F. Mogollón, Alejandro Araujo-Murakami, Leandro Valle Ferreira, José Rafael Lozada, James A. Comiskey, José Julio de Toledo, Gabriel Damasco, Nállarett Dávila, Freddie Draper, Roosevelt García-Villacorta, Aline Lopes, Alberto Vicentini, Alfonso Alonso, Francisco Dallmeier, Vitor H.F. Gomes, Jon Lloyd, David Neill, Daniel Praia Portela de Aguiar, Luzmila Arroyo, Fernanda Antunes Carvalho, Fernanda Coelho de Souza, Dário Dantas do Amaral, Kenneth J. Feeley, Rogerio Gribel, Marcelo Petratti Pansonato, Jos Barlow, Erika Berenguer, Joice Ferreira, Paul V.A. Fine, Marcelino Carneiro Guedes, Eliana M. Jimenez, Juan Carlos Licona, Maria Cristina Peñuela Mora, Boris Villa, Carlos Cerón, Paul Maas, Marcos Silveira, Juliana Stropp, Raquel Thomas, Tim R. Baker, Doug Daly, Kyle G. Dexter, Isau Huamantupa-Chuquimaco, William Milliken, Toby Pennington, Marcos Ríos Paredes, Alfredo Fuentes, Bente Klitgaard, José Luis Marcelo Pena, Carlos A. Peres, Miles R. Silman, J. Sebastián Tello, Jerome Chave, Fernando Cornejo Valverde, Anthony Di Fiore, Renato Richard Hilário, Juan Fernando Phillips, Gonzalo Rivas-Torres, Tinde R. van Andel, Patricio von Hildebrand, Janaína Costa Noronha, Edelcilio Marques Barbosa, Flávia Rodrigues Barbosa, Luiz Carlos de Matos Bonates, Rainiellen de Sá Carpanedo, Hilda Paulette Dávila Doza, Émile Fonty, Ricardo GómeZárate z, Therany Gonzales, George Pepe Gallardo Gonzales, Bruce Hoffman, André Braga Junqueira, Yadvinder Malhi, Ires Paula de Andrade Miranda, Linder Felipe Mozombite Pinto, Adriana Prieto, Domingos de Jesus Rodrigues, Agustín Rudas, Ademir R. Ruschel, Natalino Silva, César I.A. Vela, Vincent Antoine Vos, Egleé L. Zent, Stanford Zent, Bianca Weiss Albuquerque, Angela Cano, Yrma Andreina Carrero Márquez, Diego F. Correa, Janaina Barbosa Pedrosa Costa, Bernardo Monteiro Flores, David Galbraith, Milena Holmgren, Michelle Kalamandeen, Marcelo Trindade Nascimento, Alexandre A. Oliveira, Hirma Ramirez-Angulo, Maira Rocha, Veridiana Vizoni Scudeller, Rodrigo Sierra, Milton Tirado, Maria Natalia Umaña Medina, Geertje van der Heijden, Emilio Vilanova Torre, Corine Vriesendorp, Ophelia Wang, Kenneth R. Young, Manuel Augusto Ahuite Reategui, Cláudia Baider, Henrik Balslev, Sasha Cárdenas, Luisa Fernanda Casas, William Farfan-Rios, Cid Ferreira, Reynaldo Linares-Palomino, Casimiro Mendoza, Italo Mesones, Armando Torres-Lezama, Ligia Estela Urrego Giraldo, Daniel Villarroel, Roderick Zagt, Miguel N. Alexiades, Edmar Almeida de Oliveira, Karina Garcia-Cabrera, Lionel Hernandez, Walter Palacios Cuenca, Susamar Pansini, Daniela Pauletto, Freddy Ramirez Arevalo, Adeilza Felipe Sampaio, Elvis H.Valderrama Sandoval, Luis Valenzuela Gamarra, Aurora Levesley, Georgia Pickavance, Karina Melgaço

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Abstract

Tropical forests are known for their high diversity. Yet, forest patches do occur in the tropics where a single tree species is dominant. Such “monodominant” forests are known from all of the main tropical regions. For Amazonia, we sampled the occurrence of monodominance in a massive, basin-wide database of forest-inventory plots from the Amazon Tree Diversity Network (ATDN). Utilizing a simple defining metric of at least half of the trees ≥ 10 cm diameter belonging to one species, we found only a few occurrences of monodominance in Amazonia, and the phenomenon was not significantly linked to previously hypothesized life history traits such wood density, seed mass, ectomycorrhizal associations, or Rhizobium nodulation. In our analysis, coppicing (the formation of sprouts at the base of the tree or on roots) was the only trait significantly linked to monodominance. While at specific locales coppicing or ectomycorrhizal associations may confer a considerable advantage to a tree species and lead to its monodominance, very few species have these traits. Mining of the ATDN dataset suggests that monodominance is quite rare in Amazonia, and may be linked primarily to edaphic factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number13822
JournalScientific reports
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

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    ter Steege, H., Henkel, T. W., Helal, N., Marimon, B. S., Marimon-Junior, B. H., Huth, A., Groeneveld, J., Sabatier, D., Coelho, L. D. S., Filho, D. D. A. L., Salomão, R. P., Amaral, I. L., Matos, F. D. D. A., Castilho, C. V., Phillips, O. L., Guevara, J. E., Carim, M. D. J. V., Cárdenas López, D., Magnusson, W. E., ... Melgaço, K. (2019). Rarity of monodominance in hyperdiverse Amazonian forests. Scientific reports, 9(1), [13822]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-50323-9