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Scale and species numbers

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One of the main tasks confronting community ecologists is to explain why a particular site harbours a certain number of species. The site might range from a drop of water to the whole Earth, and the species might be drawn from a very restricted taxon or include all living organisms. The common problem, however, is to understand the relative importance of speciation and extinction and, more locally, of immigration and loss. Speciation is the ultimate motor driving biodiversity and ecologists n...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Journal:
TRENDS IN ECOLOGY and EVOLUTION
Volume:
16
Issue:
7
Pages:
400-404
Publication date:
2001-07-05
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ISSN:
0169-5347
URN:
uuid:9c52ba29-bbd3-4cf9-bab4-b567bd41f553
Source identifiers:
210115
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pubs:210115
Language:
English

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