The ecology of individuals: incidence and implications of individual specialization.

@article{Bolnick2003TheEO,
  title={The ecology of individuals: incidence and implications of individual specialization.},
  author={Daniel I Bolnick and Richard Svanb{\"a}ck and James A. Fordyce and Louie H Yang and Jeremy M Davis and C Darrin Hulsey and Matthew L Forister},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2003},
  volume={161 1},
  pages={1-28}
}
Most empirical and theoretical studies of resource use and population dynamics treat conspecific individuals as ecologically equivalent. This simplification is only justified if interindividual niche variation is rare, weak, or has a trivial effect on ecological processes. This article reviews the incidence, degree, causes, and implications of individual-level niche variation to challenge these simplifications. Evidence for individual specialization is available for 93 species distributed… CONTINUE READING
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