Explanations of patterns of intertidal diversity at regional scales
To test the hypothesis that the abiotic variables of salinity, temperature and fetch could explain patterns of intertidal species richness at regional scales (100–1000 s of km).Location
British Columbia, Canada.Methods
Using a 180 station data set collected over 7° of latitude on bedrock shorelines, we used a combination of correlation, multiple regression and ordination to show that species richness was strongly related to fetch, salinity and temperature.Results
Results are consistent with the expected outcomes from the stability-time and intermediate disturbance hypotheses.Main conclusions
Temperate intertidal environments are predominantly physically accomodated at regional scales. Implications for near-shore conservation are that the conservation of outer coast environments protects more species in a given area than inner coast environments.