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Predicting the Occurrence of Cave-Inhabiting Fauna Based on Features of the Earth Surface Environment

Overview of attention for article published in PLoS ONE, August 2016
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Title
Predicting the Occurrence of Cave-Inhabiting Fauna Based on Features of the Earth Surface Environment
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PLoS ONE, August 2016
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0160408
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Mary C. Christman, Daniel H. Doctor, Matthew L. Niemiller, David J. Weary, John A. Young, Kirk S. Zigler, David C. Culver

Abstract

One of the most challenging fauna to study in situ is the obligate cave fauna because of the difficulty of sampling. Cave-limited species display patchy and restricted distributions, but it is often unclear whether the observed distribution is a sampling artifact or a true restriction in range. Further, the drivers of the distribution could be local environmental conditions, such as cave humidity, or they could be associated with surface features that are surrogates for cave conditions. If surface features can be used to predict the distribution of important cave taxa, then conservation management is more easily obtained. We examined the hypothesis that the presence of major faunal groups of cave obligate species could be predicted based on features of the earth surface. Georeferenced records of cave obligate amphipods, crayfish, fish, isopods, beetles, millipedes, pseudoscorpions, spiders, and springtails within the area of Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative in the eastern United States (Illinois to Virginia and New York to Alabama) were assigned to 20 x 20 km grid cells. Habitat suitability for these faunal groups was modeled using logistic regression with twenty predictor variables within each grid cell, such as percent karst, soil features, temperature, precipitation, and elevation. Models successfully predicted the presence of a group greater than 65% of the time (mean = 88%) for the presence of single grid cell endemics, and for all faunal groups except pseudoscorpions. The most common predictor variables were latitude, percent karst, and the standard deviation of the Topographic Position Index (TPI), a measure of landscape rugosity within each grid cell. The overall success of these models points to a number of important connections between the surface and cave environments, and some of these, especially soil features and topographic variability, suggest new research directions. These models should prove to be useful tools in predicting the presence of species in understudied areas.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Spain 1 2%
Mexico 1 2%
United States 1 2%
Unknown 47 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 17 34%
Student > Master 8 16%
Student > Bachelor 6 12%
Unspecified 5 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 10%
Other 9 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 30 60%
Environmental Science 8 16%
Unspecified 7 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 6%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 1 2%
Other 1 2%

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