The importance of niches for the maintenance of species diversity

  title={The importance of niches for the maintenance of species diversity},
  author={Jonathan M. Levine and Janneke HilleRisLambers},
Ecological communities characteristically contain a wide diversity of species with important functional, economic and aesthetic value. Ecologists have long questioned how this diversity is maintained. Classic theory shows that stable coexistence requires competitors to differ in their niches; this has motivated numerous investigations of ecological differences presumed to maintain diversity. That niche differences are key to coexistence, however, has recently been challenged by the neutral… CONTINUE READING
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