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Shell resource partitioning as a mechanism of coexistence in two co-occurring terrestrial hermit crab species

DOI zum Zitieren der Version auf EPub Bayreuth: https://doi.org/10.15495/EPub_UBT_00004707
URN to cite this document: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-4707-8

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Steibl, Sebastian ; Laforsch, Christian:
Shell resource partitioning as a mechanism of coexistence in two co-occurring terrestrial hermit crab species.
In: BMC Ecology. Vol. 20 (16 January 2020) . - No. 1.
ISSN 1472-6785
DOI der Verlagsversion: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12898-019-0268-2

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Abstract

Coexistence is enabled by ecological differentiation of the co-occurring species. One possible mechanism thereby is resource partitioning, where each species utilizes a distinct subset of the most limited resource. This resource partitioning is difficult to investigate using empirical research in nature, as only few species are primarily limited by solely one resource, rather than a combination of multiple factors. One exception are the shell-dwelling hermit crabs, which are known to be limited under natural conditions and in suitable habitats primarily by the availability of gastropod shells. In the present study, we used two co-occurring terrestrial hermit crab species, Coenobita rugosus and C. perlatus, to investigate how resource partitioning is realized in nature and whether it could be a driver of coexistence.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology I > Chair Animal Ecology I - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch
Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology I
Language: English
Originates at UBT: Yes
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-epub-4707-8
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2020 09:54
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2020 09:54
URI: https://epub.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/4707

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