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Science  04 Dec 2015:
Vol. 350, Issue 6265, pp. 1177
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad4874


  • Fig. 1 Regional and local processes shape local species richness in globally distributed grasslands.

    The relationship between (A) the Chao estimation of local species pool found in the plots of a single grid [local species pool (Chao)] and the total number of species found in that grid; (B) the mean number of species found in the plots of a single grid (mean richness) and the local species pool (the shaded area represents impossible values where no data points can be found; (C) the log(richness/dark diversity) (community completeness) and the log(local species pool); and (D) the community completeness and the mean biomass found in the plots of a single grid [log(Productivity)]. Each dot (n = 157) represents one 8- by 8-m grid containing 64 1-m2 plots [data from (14)]. Semitransparent dots are used to indicate overlapping revealed as a darker shade.

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