Separating the determinants of phylogenetic community structure.

  title={Separating the determinants of phylogenetic community structure.},
  author={Matthew R. Helmus and Kristina Savage and Matthew W. Diebel and Jeffrey T. Maxted and Anthony R. Ives},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  volume={10 10},
The role of competition in forbidding similar species from co-occurring has long been debated. A difficulty in identifying this repulsion of similar species is that similar species share similar environmental requirements and hence show an attraction to communities where these requirements are met. To disentangle these opposing patterns, we use phylogenetic relatedness as an objective metric of species similarities. Studying 11 sunfishes (Centrarchidae) from 890 lakes, we first show no… CONTINUE READING

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