Biodiv Sci ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (8): 863-874.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2016114

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Taxonomic and phylogenetic α and β diversities of major subtropical forest community types in Zhejiang Province

Yuexia Wang1, Yi Jin1, Chuping Wu1,2, Dongming Wong3, Lixing Ye4, Deliang Chen5, Jianping Yu6, Jinliang Liu1, Lei Zhong1, Mingjian Yu1,*()   

  1. 1 College of Life Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058
    2 Zhejiang Forestry Academy, Hangzhou 310023
    3 Administration Bureau of Zhejiang Qingliangfeng National Nature Reserve, Lin’an, Zhejiang 311300
    4 Management Office of Fengyangshan, Fengyangshan-Baishanzu National Nature Reserve, Longquan, Zhejiang 323800
    5 Management Office of Baishanzu, Fengyangshan-Baishanzu National Nature Reserve, Qingyuan, Zhejiang 323800
    6 Administration Bureau of Zhejiang Gutianshan National Nature Reserve, Kaihua, Zhejiang 324300
  • Received:2016-04-29 Accepted:2016-08-10 Online:2016-08-20 Published:2016-09-02
  • Contact: Yu Mingjian


Knowledge of taxonomic and phylogenetic α and β diversities of different forest types is critical to improving our understanding of forests and their structure, which can guide forest management and biodiversity conservation. In this study, we investigated the taxonomic and phylogenetic α (Shannon-Wiener index and PSV (phylogenetic species variability) diversity, respectively) and β (Chao’s index and PCDp (phylogenetic community dissimilarity among nonshared species) diversity, respectively) diversities of four main forest types, including evergreen broad-leaved forest (EBLF), evergreen and deciduous broad-leaved mixed forest (EDBLF), deciduous broad-leaved forest (DBLF), and coniferous and broad-leaved mixed forest (CBLF) in Zhejiang Province. α diversity represents biodiversity within a single forest plot; β diversity is divided into two levels. One is the β diversity between forest plots within a single forest type (intra-forest type β diversity), and the other the β diversity between forest plots from different forest types (inter-forest type β diversity). We found that the taxonomic and phylogenetic α diversities differed among forest types. However, when the geographical and topographical variables were taken into account, these differences largely disappeared. We also found the intra- and inter-forest type β diversities greatly differed, and the overall intra-forest type β diversity was lower than inter-forest type β diversity, regardless of whether geographical and topographical variables were controlled. These results suggest the controlling factors of taxonomic and phylogenetic α and β diversities differ in the studied subtropical forest types. Geographical and topographical variables may play critical roles in influencing forest taxonomic and phylogenetic α diversities, whereas forest type is largely responsible for forest taxonomic and phylogenetic β diversities.

Key words: α, diversity, β, diversity, topography, longitude, latitude, nature reserve