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Species Richness, Species Packing, and Evolution in Insect-Plant Systems

  • H. Zwölfer
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 61)

Abstract

An analysis of ecosystems can follow two different Unes of research by concentrating its efforts either on the functions or on the structures of the system. In the first case the analysis will deal with the interaction between the components of the system and their environment and it will attempt to predict the behavior of the system under defined conditions. The second approach, which is the domain of community ecology as defined by Diamond and Case (1986), gives emphasis to an explanation of community structure and to predictions concerning structural parameters of the system. Whereas the analysis of the functions of an ecosystem investigates proximate factors and processes, the analysis of community structure has also to consider ultimate factors and processes which have adapted the components and integrated them into systems. Thus, community ecology asks whether ecosystems are organized in a predictable way and which processes have shaped them. In this contribution predictability of species richness, a particular structural aspect of ecological systems, will be investigated.

Keywords

Species Richness Flower Head Phytophagous Insect Mature Larva Phytophagous Species 
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