Tropical Tree Richness and Resource-Based Niches

  title={Tropical Tree Richness and Resource-Based Niches},
  author={Stephen P. Hubbell},
In assessing the role of treefall gaps in maintaining species richness in a tropical forest, S. P. Hubbell et al. (1) provide a test of the intermediate disturbance hypothesis, which predicts greater species richness in gaps than in mature forest. Hubbell et al. find more tree species per quadrat in gaps than in mature forest, but reject the richness difference as “spurious” after showing that the distributions of species per stem do not differ between gap and nongap quadrats. We find two… CONTINUE READING
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