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Data from: Statistical comparison of trait-dependent biogeographical models indicates that Podocarpaceae dispersal is influenced by both seed cone traits and geographical distance

Citation

Klaus, Kristina Vanessa; Matzke, Nicholas Joseph (2019), Data from: Statistical comparison of trait-dependent biogeographical models indicates that Podocarpaceae dispersal is influenced by both seed cone traits and geographical distance, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.d117b3k

Abstract

The ability of lineages to disperse long distances over evolutionary timescales may be influenced by the gain or loss of traits adapted to enhance local, ecological dispersal. For example, some species in the southern conifer sister families Podocarpaceae and Araucariaceae have fleshy cones that encourage bird dispersal, but it is unknown how this trait has influenced the clade’s historical biogeography, or its importance compared to other predictors of dispersal such as the geographic distance between regions. We answer these questions quantitatively by using a dated phylogeny of 197 species of southern conifers to statistically compare standard, trait-independent biogeography models with new BioGeoBEARS models where an evolving trait can influence dispersal probability, and trait history, biogeographical history, and model parameters are jointly inferred. We validate the method with simulation-inference experiments. Comparing all models, those that include trait-dependent dispersal accrue 87.5% of the AICc model weight. Averaged across all models, lineages with non-fleshy cones had a dispersal probability multiplier of 0.49 compared to lineages with fleshy cones. Distance is included as a predictor of dispersal in all credible models (100% model weight). However, models with changing geography earned only 22.0% of the model weight, and models submerging New Caledonia/New Zealand earned only 0.01%. The importance of traits and distance suggests that long-distance dispersal over macroevolutionary timespans should not be thought of as a highly unpredictable chance event. Instead, long-distance dispersal can be modelled, allowing statistical model comparison to quantify support for different hypotheses.

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New Zealand
Central and South America including the Caribbean
Australia and Tasmania
Papuasia including the Solomon Islands
Africa and Madagascar
Malesia
Fiji and Tonga
and Vanuatu
Asia (mainland)
New Caledonia