Habitat selection behaviour links local and regional scales in aquatic systems

Resetarits, W.J. (2005) Habitat selection behaviour links local and regional scales in aquatic systems Ecology Letters, 8, (5), pp. 480-486. (doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2005.00747.x).


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The role of habitat selection behaviour in the assembly of natural communities is an increasingly important theme in ecology. At the same time, ecologists and conservation biologists are keenly interested in scale and how processes at scales from local to regional interact to determine species distributions and patterns of biodiversity. How important is habitat selection in generating observed patterns of distribution and diversity at multiple spatial scales? In theory, habitat selection in response to interacting species can generate both positive and negative covariances among species distributions and create the potential to link processes of community assembly across multiple scales. Here I demonstrate that habitat selection by treefrogs in response to the distribution of fish predators functions at both the regional scale among localities and the local scale among patches within localities, implicating habitat selection as a critical link between local communities and the regional dynamics of metacommunities in complex landscapes.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2005.00747.x
ISSNs: 1461-023X (print)
Keywords: Aquatic systems, biodiversity, communities, habitat selection, local/regional processes, metacommunities, oviposition site choice, spatial scale, species distributions, species interactions
ePrint ID: 56297
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Date Event
1 May 2005Published
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:41
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/56297

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