Fractal dimension of vegetation and the distribution of arthropod body lengths

  title={Fractal dimension of vegetation and the distribution of arthropod body lengths},
  author={D. Morse and J. Lawton and M. M. Dodson and M. Williamson},
Following Mandelbrot1, recent studies2–6 demonstrate that some natural surfaces are fractal. Here we show that transects across vegetation are fractal, and consider one possible consequence of this observation for arthropods (mainly insects) living on plant surfaces. An important feature of a fractal curve or surface is that its length or area, respectively, becomes disproportionately large as the unit of measurement is decreased1. This suggests that if vegetation has a fractal structure, there… Expand
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