Seasonal community structure of macromycetes in Veracruz, Mexico
A study of phenological patterns in macromycete communities in Veracruz, Mexico was carried out in order to understand changes in community structure across regions of different vegetation types. Previous studies suggest that similarities in community composition occur when there are similarities in certain geographical and climatological characteristics, however they do not address functional groups or seasonal changes across regions. Macromycete communities in Veracruz showed similar species distribution patterns, but individual assemblages changed structure seasonally, changes that were strongly correlated with rainfall. Interestingly, the number of functional groups (species performing similar ecological functions) was not determined by rainfall, but the distribution of species within functional groups was determined by rainfall. Temperature did not appear to play a role in structuring community diversity at this regional scale. However, temperature and other environmental factors such as pH or light may be the mechanism triggering phenological patterns, and influencing the species pool at localized scales. This work brings new light to fungal community diversity patterns in a largely unknown group of species.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: February 1, 2006