What causes equatorial marine biodiversity?

What causes equatorial marine biodiversity?

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The puzzle of what factors create rich biodiversity towards the equator has captivated ecologists as far back as Darwin and Wallace, with theories that species interactions are responsible – a key one being predator activity.

A new study, published in the journal Nature Communications, challenges this controversial notion by showing that large ocean predators, such as sharks, tuna, sailfish and marlin, are more active in temperate regions.


Published by Cosmos.

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