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Species Coexistence. Ecological and Evolutionary Perspectives

  • ID: 2176654
  • Book
  • November 1998
  • Region: Global
  • 468 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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As a novel endeavour in ecological science, this book focuses on a major issue in organismal life on Earth – species coexistence. The book crosses the usual disciplinary boundaries between palaeobiology, ecology and evolutionary biology and provides a timely overview of the patterns and processes of species diversity and coexistence on a range of spatio–temporal scales. In this unique synthesis, the author offers a critical and penetrating examination of the concepts and models of coexistence and community structure, thus making a valuable contribution to the field of community ecology. There is an emphasis on clarity and accessibility without sacrificing scientific rigour, making this book suitable for both advanced students and individual researchers in ecology, palaeobiology and environmental and evolutionary biology.
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Introduction: conceptual threads.

Origination: the basis of coexistence.

Origination and evolution of communities.

Patterns of species richness: temporal dimension.

Patterns of species richness: spatial dimension.

The niche, resources and species assembly.

Niche apportionment and relative abundances of coexisting species.

Competition, co–operation and coexistence.

Agent–mediated coexistence: predation and disturbance.

Patchiness, heterogeneity and stochasticity.

Traits and coexistence.

Stability and conservation of coexisting species.

Concluding remarks

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M. Tokeshi
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