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Competing species leave many potential niches unfilled

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A cornerstone of biology is that coexisting species evolve to occupy separate ecological niches. Classical theory predicts that interspecific competition should lead to all potential niches being occupied, yet observational data suggest that many niches are unfilled. Here we show that theory can be reconciled with observational data by reconceptualizing competition in the Hutchinsonian niche space to distinguish between substitutable and non-substitutable resources. When resources are substit...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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Accepted manuscript

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10.1038/s41559-017-0295-3

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Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Lourenço, J
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Nature Publishing Group Publisher's website
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Nature Ecology and Evolution Journal website
Volume:
1
Pages:
1495–1501
Publication date:
2017-09-18
Acceptance date:
2017-07-26
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2397-334X
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pubs:709446
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uri:d56cabd8-915e-411c-81ce-591755fb9379
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uuid:d56cabd8-915e-411c-81ce-591755fb9379
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pubs:709446

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