The Limiting Similarity, Convergence, and Divergence of Coexisting Species

@article{Macarthur1967TheLS,
  title={The Limiting Similarity, Convergence, and Divergence of Coexisting Species},
  author={R. Macarthur and R. Levins},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1967},
  volume={101},
  pages={377 - 385}
}
1. There is a limit to the similarity (and hence to the number) of competing species which can coexist. The total number of species is proportional to the total range of the environment divided by the niche breadth of the species. The number is reduced by unequal abundance of resources but increased by adding to the dimensionality of the niche. Niche breadth is increased with increased environmental uncertainty and with decreased productivity. 2. There is a different evolutionary limit, L, to… Expand
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