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Comment on “Global distribution of earthworm diversity”

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Science  08 Jan 2021:
Vol. 371, Issue 6525, eabe4629
DOI: 10.1126/science.abe4629


Phillips et al. (Reports, 25 October 2019, p. 480) incorrectly conclude that tropical earthworm communities are less diverse and abundant than temperate communities. This result is an artifact generated by some low-quality datasets, lower sampling intensity in the tropics, different patterns in richness-area relationships, the occurrence of invasive species in managed soils, and a focus on local rather than regional richness.

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