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Patterns of Regional and Community Diversity

Patterns of Regional and Community Diversity

Chapter:
(p.24) 2 Patterns of Regional and Community Diversity
Source:
The Ornaments of Life
Author(s):
Theodore H. FlemingW. John Kress
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226023328.003.0002

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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