The nested assembly of plant-animal mutualistic networks.

@article{Bascompte2003TheNA,
  title={The nested assembly of plant-animal mutualistic networks.},
  author={Jordi Bascompte and Pedro Jordano and Carlos J. Meli{\'a}n and Jens M Olesen},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2003},
  volume={100 16},
  pages={
          9383-7
        }
}
Most studies of plant-animal mutualisms involve a small number of species. There is almost no information on the structural organization of species-rich mutualistic networks despite its potential importance for the maintenance of diversity. Here we analyze 52 mutualistic networks and show that they are highly nested; that is, the more specialist species interact only with proper subsets of those species interacting with the more generalists. This assembly pattern generates highly asymmetrical… CONTINUE READING

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