Spatial contagion drives colonization and recruitment of frogflies on clutches of red-eyed treefrogs.

  title={Spatial contagion drives colonization and recruitment of frogflies on clutches of red-eyed treefrogs.},
  author={Myra C. Hughey and Michael W. McCoy and James R Vonesh and Karen Michelle Warkentin},
  journal={Biology letters},
  volume={8 5},
Spatial contagion occurs when the perceived suitability of neighbouring habitat patches is not independent. As a result, organisms may colonize less-preferred patches near preferred patches and avoid preferred patches near non-preferred patches. Spatial contagion may thus alter colonization dynamics as well as the type and frequency of post-colonization interactions. Studies have only recently documented the phenomenon of spatial contagion and begun to examine its consequences for local… CONTINUE READING

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