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The effects of intransitive competition on coexistence [Ecology Letters]

Keywords : competition network, indirect interactions, intransitive loop, invasion growth rate, niche theory, rock-paper-scissor, stabilising mechanism

par Frédéric Magné - publié le , mis à jour le

Coexistence theory has been developed with an almost exclusive focus on interactions between two species, often ignoring more complex and indirect interactions, such as intransitive loops, that can emerge in competition networks. In fact, intransitive competition has typically been studied in isolation from other pairwise stabilising processes, and thus little is known about how intransitivity interacts with more traditional drivers of species coexistence such as niche partitioning.(...)

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