Effects of phenotypic complementarity and phylogeny on the nested structure of mutualistic networks

@inproceedings{Rezende2007EffectsOP,
  title={Effects of phenotypic complementarity and phylogeny on the nested structure of mutualistic networks},
  author={Enrico L Rezende and Pedro Jordano and Jordi Bascompte},
  year={2007}
}
Recent studies have started to unravel the structure of mutualistic networks, although few functional explanations underlying such structure have been explored. We used computer simulations to test whether complementarity between phenotypic traits of plants and animals can explain the pervasive tendency of specialists to interact with proper subsets of species that generalists interact with (nested interactions), and how phylogeny affects such interaction patterns. Simultaneously, we assessed… CONTINUE READING

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