Species pool size affects community composition
What is it about?
The number of species available to colonize a biotic community (the species pool) increases the amount of competition for environmental niches. Species in communities with a large species pool are found only in narrow fractions of their potential niche, which leads to a high correlation between environmental heterogeneity and species distributions.
Why is it important?
The resulst are of critical importance for studies of biotic community assembly, as the size of the species pool alone can explain the strenght of one of the most important drivers of the spatial distribution of biodiversity, environmental heterogeneity.
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