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Title: Competitive assembly of South Pacific invasive ant communities
Contributor(s): Lester, Philip J (author); Abbott, Kirsten  (author); Sarty, Megan (author); Burns, K C (author)
Publication Date: 2009
DOI: 10.1186/1472-6785-9-3
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Abstract: The relative importance of chance and determinism in structuring ecological communities has been debated for nearly a century. Evidence for determinism or assembly rules is often evaluated with null models that randomize the occurrence of species in particular locales. However, analyses of the presence or absence of species ignores the potential influence of species abundances, which have long been considered of major importance on community structure. Here, we test for community assembly rules in ant communities on small islands of the Tokelau archipelago using both presence-absence and abundance data. We conducted three sets of analyses on two spatial scales using three years of sampling data from 39 plots on 11 islands.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: BMC Ecology, 9(3), p. 1-10
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1472-6785
Field of Research (FOR): 050103 Invasive Species Ecology
060202 Community Ecology (excl Invasive Species Ecology)
060808 Invertebrate Biology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 960402 Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Coastal and Estuarine Environments
970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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