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The Ornaments of LifeCoevolution and Conservation in the Tropics$
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Theodore H. Fleming and W. John Kress

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226253404

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226023328.001.0001

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Patterns of Regional and Community Diversity

Patterns of Regional and Community Diversity

(p.24) 2 Patterns of Regional and Community Diversity
The Ornaments of Life

Theodore H. Fleming

W. John Kress

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses patterns of regional and community diversity. It addresses the following questions: how does the diversity, defined simply as number of species or species richness of these plant and animal mutualists, differ among biogeographic regions, including islands, and along gradients of temperature, rainfall, and elevation? What is the diversity and structure of local communities of these plant and animal mutualists? To what extent does community structure differ in different biogeographic regions? Do quantitative community assembly rules exist for these plant and animal mutualists, and, if so, are these rules the same in different biogeographic regions?

Keywords:   regional diversity, community diversity, species richness, plant and animal mutualists, biogeographic regions

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