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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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10.1038/s41559-017-0295-3

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University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Zoology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Magdalen College
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Calleva Research Centre for Evolution and Human Science (Magdalen College, Oxford)
Funding agency for:
Foster, K
Grant:
242670
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Name:
European Research Council
Funding agency for:
Watkins, E
Lourenço, J
Gupta, S
Foster, K
Grant:
268904-DIVERSITY
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268904-DIVERSITY
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Natural Environment Research Council
Grant:
NE/N014979/1
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Journal:
Nature Ecology and Evolution More from this journal
Volume:
1
Pages:
1495–1501
Publication date:
2017-09-18
Acceptance date:
2017-07-26
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ISSN:
2397-334X
Pubs id:
pubs:709446
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uuid:d56cabd8-915e-411c-81ce-591755fb9379
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pubs:709446
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709446
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2017-07-27

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