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dc.contributor.authorEvouna Ondo, Fidèleen_UK
dc.contributor.authorJeffery, Kathryn Jen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWhytock, Robinen_UK
dc.contributor.authorAbernethy, Katharine Aen_UK
dc.contributor.authorCouteron, Pierreen_UK
dc.contributor.authorEggleton, Paulen_UK
dc.contributor.authorGriffin, Claireen_UK
dc.contributor.authorOstle, Nicolas J.en_UK
dc.contributor.authorKoumba Pambo, Aurelie‐Floreen_UK
dc.contributor.authorNgomanda, Alfreden_UK
dc.contributor.authorEdzang Ndong, Josuéen_UK
dc.contributor.authorParr, Catherine Len_UK
dc.description.abstractAim The mosaic of savannas that persists in the forest-dominant Congo Basin is thought to be palaeoclimatic relics, but past biogeographical processes that have formed and maintained these systems are poorly understood. Here, we explored the post-Pleistocene biogeography of Gabon's savannas using termites as biological indicators to understand historical and mechanistic factors influencing present-day termite communities in the country's extant savannas. Location Gabon, Central Africa. Taxon Blattodea: Termitoidae. Methods Using standardised transect methods, we sampled termite communities in four disjunct modern savanna areas of Gabon: the centre (Lopé), the southeast (Batéké) and the south (Mayombe North and South). Termites at Lopé were collected in three habitats (annually burned savannas, savannas with a depressed fire regime and forest). We used DNA barcoding of the COII region to identify termite species and compared abundance, species richness and community composition across areas and habitats. Results Community composition differed greatly between Lopé and both Batéké and Mayombe savannas with Lopé being exceptionally depauperate and lacking characteristic savanna species. Within Lopé, termite abundance and diversity was highest in forests and lowest in annually burned savannas, with a gradual change in species composition across the forest–savanna gradient associated with fire history. Main Conclusions The absence of savanna typical species in Lopé savannas challenges current assumptions that these savannas were linked to the south/southeastern savannas during the Pleistocene and suggests a different evolutionary history. Lopé savannas may instead have opened as an isolated grassland and never have been contiguous with neighbouring savannas, or were isolated soon after forest expansion began and have now lost savanna-typical species. Furthermore, the patterns of termite community composition in fire suppressed savannas support a hypothesis of rapid change driven by fire frequency where either fire suppression or infrequent burning over 23 years has meant savannas have become ecologically much more forest-like.en_UK
dc.relationEvouna Ondo F, Jeffery KJ, Whytock R, Abernethy K, Couteron P, Eggleton P, Griffin C, Ostle NJ, Koumba Pambo A, Ngomanda A, Edzang Ndong J & Parr CL (2023) The biogeography of Gabonese savannas: Evidence from termite community richness and composition. <i>Journal of Biogeography</i>, 50 (9), pp. 1505-1518.
dc.rights© 2023 The Authors. Journal of Biogeography published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_UK
dc.subjectCentral Africaen_UK
dc.subjectDNA barcodingen_UK
dc.titleThe biogeography of Gabonese savannas: Evidence from termite community richness and compositionen_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.citation.jtitleJournal of Biogeographyen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.contributor.funderRoyal Societyen_UK
dc.contributor.funderForeign, Commonwealth & Development Officeen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationAgence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux (ANPN)en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBiological and Environmental Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUMR AMAP, Montpellier, Franceen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationNatural History Museum, Londonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationNatural History Museum, Londonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationLancaster Environment Centreen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationAgence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux (ANPN)en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique (CENAREST) Libreville, Gabonen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationAgence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux (ANPN)en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationUniversity of Liverpoolen_UK
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rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen_UK
local.rioxx.authorEvouna Ondo, Fidèle|0000-0002-6563-6240en_UK
local.rioxx.authorJeffery, Kathryn J|0000-0002-2632-0008en_UK
local.rioxx.authorWhytock, Robin|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorAbernethy, Katharine A|0000-0002-0393-9342en_UK
local.rioxx.authorCouteron, Pierre|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorEggleton, Paul|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorGriffin, Claire|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorOstle, Nicolas J.|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorKoumba Pambo, Aurelie‐Flore|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorNgomanda, Alfred|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorEdzang Ndong, Josué|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorParr, Catherine L|en_UK
local.rioxx.projectProject ID unknown|Royal Society|
local.rioxx.projectProject ID unknown|Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office|en_UK
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