Evolutionary diversification, coevolution between populations and their antagonists, and the filling of niche space.

@article{Ricklefs2010EvolutionaryDC,
  title={Evolutionary diversification, coevolution between populations and their antagonists, and the filling of niche space.},
  author={Robert E. Ricklefs},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2010},
  volume={107 4},
  pages={1265-72}
}
The population component of a species' niche corresponds to the distribution of individuals across environments within a region. As evolutionary clades of species diversify, they presumably fill niche space, and, consequently, the rate of increase in species numbers slows. Total niche space and species numbers appear to be relatively stable over long periods, and so an increase in the species richness of one clade must be balanced by decrease in others. However, in several analyses, the total… CONTINUE READING
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