Functional Rarity: The Ecology of Outliers.

  title={Functional Rarity: The Ecology of Outliers.},
  author={Cyrille Violle and Wilfried Thuiller and Nicolas Mouquet and F. Ballester Mu{\~n}oz and Nathan J. B. Kraft and Marc W. Cadotte and Stuart W. Livingstone and David Mouillot},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={32 5},
Rarity has been a central topic for conservation and evolutionary biologists aiming to determine the species characteristics that cause extinction risk. More recently, beyond the rarity of species, the rarity of functions or functional traits, called functional rarity, has gained momentum in helping to understand the impact of biodiversity decline on ecosystem functioning. However, a conceptual framework for defining and quantifying functional rarity is still lacking. We introduce 12 different… CONTINUE READING

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