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Empirical Evaluation of the Elevational Rapoport’s Rule: The Species Richness Patterns for Vascular Plants on Seorak Mountain, Korea
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  • Ji-Dong Kim,
  • Mi-Hyun Lee,
  • Juhyeon Song,
  • Seong Yeob Byeon,
  • Jeong Eun Lee,
  • Ho Jin Kim,
  • Seung-Beom Chae,
  • Chung Weon Yun
Ji-Dong Kim
Baekdudaegan National Arboretum

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Mi-Hyun Lee
Baekdudaegan National Arboretum
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Juhyeon Song
Baekdudaegan National Arboretum
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Seong Yeob Byeon
Korea Institute of Arboretum Management
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Jeong Eun Lee
Kongju National University
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Ho Jin Kim
Kongju National University
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Seung-Beom Chae
Korea Forest Research Institute
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Chung Weon Yun
Kongju National University
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Research on species abundance patterns and the advanced elevational Rapoport rule (ERR) has been widespread in recent years; however, for the temperate mountainous regions in northeast Asia, such research is lacking. Here, we collected plant species from the Seorak Mountain in northeast Asia through field surveys. The species were divided into 11 groups according to the life-form types and phytogeography affinities of each species. The ERR was tested using Steven’s method and by examining the species abundance patterns of each group. The species abundance patterns revealed a positive multimodal pattern along the elevation gradient, but phytogeography affinities (increasing trend) and life-form (unimodal) exhibited different patterns. The elevation gradients (1350 m for the mean elevation-range relationships), which are affected by the boundary effect and different life-forms, did not consistently support the ERR. However, herbs as well as rare, endemic, and red list species showed consistent support for the ERR, which can be influenced by phytogeography affinities. Thus, the results from Seorak Mountain showed that the ERR was not consistent for different plant life-forms in the same area. The result of our field survey revealed that life-forms in the plant species did not support ERR, whereas phytogeography affinities could support and explain ERR.
17 Mar 2021Submitted to Ecology and Evolution
18 Mar 2021Submission Checks Completed
18 Mar 2021Assigned to Editor
22 Mar 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
07 Apr 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
13 Apr 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
24 May 20211st Revision Received
26 May 2021Submission Checks Completed
26 May 2021Assigned to Editor
26 May 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
31 May 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
27 Jul 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
04 Aug 20212nd Revision Received
05 Aug 2021Submission Checks Completed
05 Aug 2021Assigned to Editor
05 Aug 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
05 Aug 2021Editorial Decision: Accept