Mechanisms of Maintenance of Species Diversity

  title={Mechanisms of Maintenance of Species Diversity},
  author={P. Chesson},
  journal={Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics},
  • P. Chesson
  • Published 2000
  • Biology
  • Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
  • ▪ Abstract The focus of most ideas on diversity maintenance is species coexistence, which may be stable or unstable. Stable coexistence can be quantified by the long-term rates at which community members recover from low density. Quantification shows that coexistence mechanisms function in two major ways: They may be (a) equalizing because they tend to minimize average fitness differences between species, or (b) stabilizing because they tend to increase negative intraspecific interactions… CONTINUE READING
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