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Research Article

Rare Species Support Vulnerable Functions in High-Diversity Ecosystems

  • David Mouillot mail,

    david.mouillot@univ-montp2.fr

    Affiliations: Unité Mixte de Recherche (UMR) Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)–UM2– Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (IFREMER)–Institute for Research and Development (IRD) 5119 ECOSYM, Université Montpellier 2 cc 093, Montpellier, France, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

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  • David R. Bellwood,

    Affiliations: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

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  • Christopher Baraloto,

    Affiliations: Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, UMR Ecologie des Forêts de Guyane, 97387, Kourou, French Guiana, France, Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America

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  • Jerome Chave,

    Affiliation: Université Paul Sabatier, CNRS, Laboratoire Evolution et Diversité Biologique UMR 5174, Toulouse, France

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  • Rene Galzin,

    Affiliation: Laboratoire d'Excellence “Corail” USR 3278 CNRS-EPHE, BP 1013, Moorea, Polynésie Française, France

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  • Mireille Harmelin-Vivien,

    Affiliation: Aix-Marseille Université, Institut Méditerranéen d'Océanologie (MIO), UMR CNRS 7294, Marseille, France

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  • Michel Kulbicki,

    Affiliation: Laboratoire d'Excellence “Corail” IRD, Laboratoire Arago, Banyuls/mer, France

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  • Sebastien Lavergne,

    Affiliation: Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine, UMR CNRS 5553, Université Joseph Fourier, BP53, Grenoble, France

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  • Sandra Lavorel,

    Affiliation: Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine, UMR CNRS 5553, Université Joseph Fourier, BP53, Grenoble, France

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  • Nicolas Mouquet,

    Affiliation: Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution, UMR CNRS–UM2, 5554, Université Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France

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  • C. E. Timothy Paine,

    Affiliation: Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling, United Kingdom

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  • Julien Renaud,

    Affiliation: Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine, UMR CNRS 5553, Université Joseph Fourier, BP53, Grenoble, France

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  • Wilfried Thuiller

    Affiliation: Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine, UMR CNRS 5553, Université Joseph Fourier, BP53, Grenoble, France

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  • Published: May 28, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001569
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

About the Authors

David Mouillot
Unité Mixte de Recherche (UMR) Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)–UM2– Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer (IFREMER)–Institute for Research and Development (IRD) 5119 ECOSYM, Université Montpellier 2 cc 093, Montpellier, France
David Mouillot, David R. Bellwood
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
David R. Bellwood
School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Christopher Baraloto
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, UMR Ecologie des Forêts de Guyane, 97387, Kourou, French Guiana, France
Christopher Baraloto
Department of Biology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, United States of America
Jerome Chave
Université Paul Sabatier, CNRS, Laboratoire Evolution et Diversité Biologique UMR 5174, Toulouse, France
Rene Galzin
Laboratoire d'Excellence “Corail” USR 3278 CNRS-EPHE, BP 1013, Moorea, Polynésie Française, France
Mireille Harmelin-Vivien
Aix-Marseille Université, Institut Méditerranéen d'Océanologie (MIO), UMR CNRS 7294, Marseille, France
Michel Kulbicki
Laboratoire d'Excellence “Corail” IRD, Laboratoire Arago, Banyuls/mer, France
Sebastien Lavergne, Sandra Lavorel, Julien Renaud, Wilfried Thuiller
Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine, UMR CNRS 5553, Université Joseph Fourier, BP53, Grenoble, France
Nicolas Mouquet
Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution, UMR CNRS–UM2, 5554, Université Montpellier 2, Montpellier, France
C. E. Timothy Paine
Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: david.mouillot@univ-montp2.fr

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

The author(s) have made the following declarations about their contributions: Conceived and designed the experiments: D. Mouillot, D.R. Bellwood, N. Mouquet, W. Thuiller, C. Baraloto. Performed the experiments: C. Baraloto, J. Chave, R. Galzin, M. Harmelin-Vivien, M. Kulbicki, S. Lavergne, S. Lavorel, C.E.T. Paine W. Thuiller. Analyzed the data: D. Mouillot, D.R. Bellwood, C. Baraloto, J. Chave, M. Kulbicki, S. Lavergne, C.E.T. Paine, J. Renaud, W. Thuiller. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: D. Mouillot, D.R. Bellwood, C. Baraloto, J. Chave, M. Kulbicki, S. Lavergne, C.E.T. Paine, N. Mouquet, J. Renaud, W. Thuiller. Wrote the paper: D. Mouillot, D.R. Bellwood, C. Baraloto, J. Chave, M. Kulbicki, S. Lavergne, S. Lavorel, C.E.T. Paine, N. Mouquet, W. Thuiller.