Opposing organizing forces of deposit-feeding marine communities

  title={Opposing organizing forces of deposit-feeding marine communities},
  author={J. Levinton and B. Kelaher},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology},
  • J. Levinton, B. Kelaher
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
  • Abstract We contend that a range of phenomena characterizing temperate deposit-feeding communities in low-energy environments is strongly organized by two principal opposing forces: (1) spatially localized inputs of detritus or new recruits, leading to a mosaic of initial patches, with subsequent impacts on spatio-temporal variation of species with limited mobility; and (2) the impact of mobile consumers, which move to spatially localized resources and thereby exert major controls over… CONTINUE READING
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