Coral reef diversity refutes the neutral theory of biodiversity

@article{Dornelas2006CoralRD,
  title={Coral reef diversity refutes the neutral theory of biodiversity},
  author={Maria A. Dornelas and Sean R. Connolly and Terry P. Hughes},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2006},
  volume={440},
  pages={80-82}
}
The global decline of coral reefs highlights the need to understand the mechanisms that regulate community structure and sustain biodiversity in these systems. The neutral theory, which assumes that individuals are demographically identical regardless of species, seeks to explain ubiquitous features of community structure and biodiversity patterns. Here we present a test of neutral-theory predictions with the use of an extensive species-level data set of Indo-Pacific coral communities. We show… Expand

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