Coextinction and persistence of dependent species in a changing world

  title={Coextinction and persistence of dependent species in a changing world},
  author={R. Colwell and R. Dunn and N. Harris},
  journal={Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics},
  • R. Colwell, R. Colwell, +1 author N. Harris
  • Published 2012
  • Biology
  • Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
  • The extinction of a single species is rarely an isolated event. Instead, dependent parasites, commensals, and mutualist partners (affiliates) face the risk of coextinction as their hosts or partners decline and fail. Species interactions in ecological networks can transmit the effects of primary extinctions within and between trophic levels, causing secondary extinctions and extinction cascades. Documenting coextinctions is complicated by ignorance of host specificity, limitations of historical… CONTINUE READING
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