Indirect effects drive coevolution in mutualistic networks

  title={Indirect effects drive coevolution in mutualistic networks},
  author={Paulo Roberto Guimar{\~a}es and Mathias Mistretta Pires and Pedro Jordano and Jordi Bascompte and John N. Thompson},
Ecological interactions have been acknowledged to play a key role in shaping biodiversity. Yet a major challenge for evolutionary biology is to understand the role of ecological interactions in shaping trait evolution when progressing from pairs of interacting species to multispecies interaction networks. Here we introduce an approach that integrates coevolutionary dynamics and network structure. Our results show that non-interacting species can be as important as directly interacting species… 

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