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Author Giller, Paul S.

Title Community structure and the niche / Paul S. Giller
Published London ; New York : Chapman and Hall, 1984


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Description x, 176 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Series Outline studies in ecology
Outline studies in ecology.
Contents Introduction and definitions. The community ; Community structure ; Species diversity ; Trends in species richness ; The problem related -- Niche theory. Development of the niche concept ; Niche width ; Niche overlap ; Diffuse competition ; Niche dynamics ; The niche : a property of the species or the community? -- Competition and the niche; the effect on niche width. Theoretical effects of competition on the species niche ; Criteria for the identification of competition in the field ; The natural effects of intraspecific competition ; The natural effects of interspecific competition -- Competition and the niche; limiting similarity and differential niche overlap. Limiting similarity : the theoretical approach ; The degree of limiting similarity ; Niche dimensionality and differential overlap -- Predation and species diversity. Theoretical studies ; Plant-herbivore interactions ; Predator-prey interactions ; Reduced community diversity through predation -- Competition and predation; complemantarity of the hypotheses. The controversy ; Interactions between competition and predation ; Classification scheme -- Saturation of communities. True islands ; Habitat islands ; Host plant islands ; Continental saturation -- Species diversity trends : theories and hypotheses. Time ; Environmental conditions ; Biotic factors ; Explanations of species diversity patterns in two specific examples -- The relative abundance of species. Fisher's series ; Lognormal distribution ; "Broken stick" or random niche bounday hypothesis ; Niche pre-emption or geometric series hypothesis -- Community structure : the patterns and rules. Community patterns ; Communities : random or structures species associations ; Community rules ; Expressions of community structure ; Stability/diversity relationships
Analysis Ecological communities
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages [143]-163
Notes Also available in print
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
Description based on print version record
Subject Biotic communities.
Competition (Biology)
Niche (Ecology)
Author SpringerLink (Online service)
LC no. 84004988
ISBN 0412251108 (paperback)