Lethal Interactions Between Parasites and Prey Increase Niche Diversity in a Tropical Community

  title={Lethal Interactions Between Parasites and Prey Increase Niche Diversity in a Tropical Community},
  author={Marty A. Condon and Sonja J. Scheffer and Matthew L. Lewis and Robert A. Jr. Wharton and Dean C. Adams and Andrew A. Forbes},
  pages={1240 - 1244}
Hidden Diversity Why are there so many species in the tropics? Niche partitioning by highly specialized plant species seems to be the main generator of high diversity. Condon et al. (p. 1240; see the Perspective by Godfray) show that niche partitioning can also be generated by interactions between plant resources and parasites, resulting in hyperdiverse communities. The cryptic diversity of 14 neotropical fly pollinators and 18 of their highly specific wasp parasites induced mortality… 

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