High resolution distribution modelling of a threatened short-range endemic plant informed by edaphic factors.
Tomlinson, Sean et al. (2019), High resolution distribution modelling of a threatened short-range endemic plant informed by edaphic factors., Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.5mkkwh71s
- Short-range endemic plants often have edaphic specialisations that, with their restricted distributions, expose them to increased risk of anthropogenic extinction.
- Here, we present a modelling approach to understand habitat suitability for Ricinocarpos brevis R.J.F.Hend. & Mollemans (Euphorbiaceae), a threatened shrub confined to three isolated populations in the semi-arid south-west of Western Australia. The model is a maximum entropy species distribution projection constructed on the basis of physical soil characteristics and geomorphology data at approximately 25 m2 (1 arc-second) resolution.
- The model predicts the species to occur on shallow, low bulk density soils that are located high in the landscape. The model shows high affinity (72.1% average likelihood of occurrence) for the known populations of R. brevis, as well as identifying likely locations that are not currently known to support the species. There was a strong relationship between the likelihood of R. brevis occurrence and soil moisture content that the model estimated at a depth of 20 cm.
- We advocate that our approach should be standardised using publicly available data to generate testable hypotheses for the distribution and conservation management of short--range endemic plant species for all of continental Australia.