The Keystone-Species Concept in Ecology and ConservationManagement and policy must explicitly consider the complexity of interactions in natural systems

  title={The Keystone-Species Concept in Ecology and ConservationManagement and policy must explicitly consider the complexity of interactions in natural systems},
  author={L. Scott Mills and Michael E. Soul{\'e} and Daniel F. Doak},
1Will the extinction of a single species in a community cause the loss of many others? Can we identify a set of species that are so important in determining the ecological functioning of a community that they warrant special conservation efforts? The answer to these questions hinges on the existence of a limited number of species whose loss would precipitate many further extinctions; these species have often been labeled keystone species. The term keystone species has enjoyed an enduring… 

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