Animal personality in a foundation species drives community divergence and collapse in the wild.

@article{Pruitt2015AnimalPI,
  title={Animal personality in a foundation species drives community divergence and collapse in the wild.},
  author={Jonathan N Pruitt and Andreas P. Modlmeier},
  journal={The Journal of animal ecology},
  year={2015},
  volume={84 6},
  pages={1461-8}
}
Despite thousands of papers on the topic, precious few of the studies on animal personality have considered the role of personality in shaping community-level processes. Here, we test the effect of individual variation on the long-term trajectories of biological communities, from initiation to their demise. The spider Anelosimus studiosus builds webs that serve as habitat for >50 species of spider, which together construct a species-rich silken reef. This species also exhibits a temporally… CONTINUE READING
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