The effect of body size on animal abundance

@article{Peters1983TheEO,
  title={The effect of body size on animal abundance},
  author={Robert Henry Peters and Karen Wassenberg},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1983},
  volume={60},
  pages={89-96}
}
Although it is a commonplace that small animals are more abundant than large ones, few attempts have been made to quantify this and none for non-mammalian species. This study uses estimates of animal density and body mass culled from 12 journals published between 1961 and 1978 to test and extend Damuth's relationship between population density and body size of herbivorous mammals. In general, his analysis is supported, for density usually declines roughly as W -0.75 and poikilotherms maintain… CONTINUE READING

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