Random patch formation and weak competition: coexistence in an epiphytic chironomid community.

Mutsunori Tokeshi, C. R. Townsend

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Abstract

Random patch formation; whereby species form patches of aggregation independently of each other, has in effect contributed to spatial segregation of species in this community in a small river in E England. No significant differences were observed between species in their capacity to colonize new habitats. Time to reach 95% of the naturally occurring density was mostly in the range of 5.6-13.2 days. Random patch formation as well as the absence of strong interspecific competition facilitate the coexistence of species in this community.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)833-845
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Animal Ecology
Volume56
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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