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Emergent neutrality leads to multimodal species abundance distributions.
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PMID:  22314359     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Recent analyses of data sampled in communities ranging from corals and fossil brachiopods to birds and phytoplankton suggest that their species abundance distributions have multiple modes, a pattern predicted by none of the existing theories. Here we show that the multimodal pattern is consistent with predictions from the theory of emergent neutrality. This adds to the observations, suggesting that natural communities may be shaped by the evolutionary emergence of groups of similar species that coexist in niches. Such self-organized similarity unifies niche and neutral theories of biodiversity.
Authors:
Remi Vergnon; Egbert H van Nes; Marten Scheffer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-02-07
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature communications     Volume:  3     ISSN:  2041-1723     ISO Abbreviation:  Nat Commun     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101528555     Medline TA:  Nat Commun     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  663     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management Group, Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University, Lumen (Building 100) Droevendaalsesteeg 3a, PO Box 47, Wageningen 6700 AA, The Netherlands.
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