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Type: Journal article
Title: Who's hot and who's not: ocean warming alters species dominance through competitive displacement
Author: Nagelkerken, I.
Simpson, S.
Citation: Journal of Animal Ecology, 2013; 82(2):287-289
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0021-8790
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Ivan Nagelkerken and Stephen D. Simpson
Abstract: Species interactions have received little attention in climate-change studies, yet these interactions are fundamental to the functioning of ecosystems. Milazzo et al. () combined field surveys and controlled experiments to show how increasing abundance of a range-extending species and ocean warming interactively affect the habitat occupancy of two co-occurring species with similar habitat preferences. The authors found that in warmer conditions the ‘cool-water’ species is competitively displaced from preferred algal habitat to sub-optimal seagrass habitat, but only at higher densities of the warm-water species. Their results provide an important first step for unravelling how simple species interactions can create novel communities.
Keywords: Animals; Fishes; Ecosystem; Climate Change
Rights: © 2013 The Authors. Journal of Animal Ecology © 2013 British Ecological Society
RMID: 0020125688
DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12053
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