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Rare Species Support Vulnerable Functions in High-Diversity Ecosystems

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Functional distinctiveness as a function of commonness.

Species commonness is measured at the local scale as the mean abundance over all the samples where the species is present and expressed as a percentage of the maximum observed value, and at the regional scale, it is measured as the number of occurrences over all the samples and expressed as a percentage of the maximum observed value. Functional distinctiveness, expressed as a proportion of the maximum observed value, quantifies the uniqueness of species biological traits from the rest of the pool in the ecosystem. Solid lines represent ordinary least square regressions, whereas dashed and dotted lines represent 95th and 99th quantile regressions, respectively. Shaded areas indicate the 95% confidence intervals for each relationship. All variables are standardized to allow comparisons among ecosystems and spatial scales. ns p>0.05, * p≤0.05, ** p≤0.01, *** p≤0.001.

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1001569.g001