In this paper led by Adrián García and involving other team members and colleagues from other international institutions, we studied climatic niche dynamics during invasions of insular vertebrates worldwide. We found that niche shifts are frequent and even pronounced in birds and reptiles, but less common in amphibians. Exploring the potential forces driving such mismatches between native and alien climatic niches we identified a significant contribution of several factors, including specific characteristics of the species’ native ranges and the evolutionary relationships between the alien species and the recipient communities.
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Niche dynamics for the analyzed clusters following the COUE scheme