Experimental Zoogeography of Islands: The Colonization of Empty Islands

@article{Simberloff1969ExperimentalZO,
  title={Experimental Zoogeography of Islands: The Colonization of Empty Islands},
  author={Daniel Simberloff and Edward O. Wilson},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={1969},
  volume={50},
  pages={278-296}
}
We report here the first evidence of faunistic equilibrium obtained through controlled, replicated experiments, together with an analysis of the immigration and extinction processes of animal species based on direct observations. The colonization of six small mangrove islands in Florida Bay by terrestrial arthropods was monitored at frequent intervals for 1 year after removal of the original fauna by methyl bromide fumigation. Both the observed data and climatic considerations imply that… 

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