When competition for space is important and the possibilities for niche differentiation are restricted as described in Section I.4, the resultant communities fall into two broad categories (we discuss the consequences of dropping these restrictions in Section 1). These can conveniently be envisioned in terms of the subsequent development of a community after the colonization of free space by a number of species, with at first one species per patch.
KeywordsTropical Rain Forest Coral Reef Fish Plant Species Diversity Spatial Competition Predation Hypothesis
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