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Butterfly dispersal across Amazonia and its implication for biogeography

By Carla Penz, Phil DeVries, Jarle Tufto and Russ Lande Spatial movement plays a fundamental role in ecological and evolutionary processes as it promotes range expansion and exposes species to novel biotic and abiotic factors. The appearance of geographical barriers such as rivers or mountains can...

Have behavioural ecologists given up on the search for the fundamental niche?

Have behavioural ecologists given up on the search for the fundamental niche? by Manuela Panzacchi No, not at all. Although, strictly speaking, fundamental niches are inestimable theoretical constructs, they are too important to be forgotten. They are the key to understand species’ present and past...

What drives plant richness and endemicity in east Asian islands?

The role of climate and geohistorical factors in driving plant richness patterns and endemicity on the East Asian continental islands Written by: Kubota Yasuhiro (Associate Professor), Shiono Takayuki (Postdoctoral Fellow), Kusumoto Buntarou (Postdoctoral Fellow). All at Faculty of Science, Univ...

Tree cover and shade tolerance shape plant species distributions

Shade understory and light penetrating through the tree canopy. Photo by Diego Nieto Lugilde. By Diego Nieto-Lugilde , Jonathan Lenoir and Jens Christian Svenning If you have already experienced a walk in a forest stand during a sunny day, you have certainly noticed the diffused light conditions in...

Interspecific variation in damselfly–water mite associations

Enallagma ebrium with Arrenurus water mites Phenology and regional occurrence explain interspecific variation in damselfly-water mite associations by Julia J. Mlynarek When near a water body it is easy to spot damselflies perched on grass blades or whizzing past your head. If you catch one, you may...