Phylogenetic Community Structure of Southern African Termites (Isoptera)

Janine Schyra, Barbara Hausberger, Judith Korb


The processes that structure communities are still largely unknown. Therefore, we tested whether southern African termite communities show signs of environmental filtering and/or competition along a rainfall gradient in Namibia using phylogenetic information. Our results revealed a regional species pool of 11 species and we found no evidence for phylogenetic overdispersion or clustering at the local scale. Rather, our results suggest that the assembly of the studied termite communities has as strong random component on the local scale, but that species composition changes along the climatic gradient.


savanna; ß-diversity; Namibia; neutral theory; filtering

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