Mutualism and Community Organization: Behavioural, Theoretical, and Food-Web Approaches

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During the past two decades, detailed information on the life of organisms has shown that mutualistic or commensalistic relations play important roles in biological associations, even among species sharing the same or similar resources. This volume on community ecology brings these mutualistic interactions into sharp focus. It describes synergistic reactions among living organisms, puts forward theoretical explanations, and explores their potential impact on community structure. The book highlights several ...

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Overview

During the past two decades, detailed information on the life of organisms has shown that mutualistic or commensalistic relations play important roles in biological associations, even among species sharing the same or similar resources. This volume on community ecology brings these mutualistic interactions into sharp focus. It describes synergistic reactions among living organisms, puts forward theoretical explanations, and explores their potential impact on community structure. The book highlights several contributions from noted Japanese ecologists whose valuable work is being made more widely accessible in this volume for the first time.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780198540274
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/26/1993
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Kyoto University

Rockefeller University, New York

Kyoto University

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Table of Contents

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1 Introduction: flexibility and synergism of biological relationships in natural communities 1
2 Individual variation, social structure, community organization, and hierarchical views in the marine context 13
3 Interindividual differences in behaviour and organization of avian mixed-species flocks 37
4 Discussion: community and social organization - morphology and function of linkages between organisms 56
5 Predatory behaviour of the intertidal snail, Nucella lapillus, and its effect on community structure 63
6 Foraging of brood predators restricted by territoriality of substrate-brooders in a cichlid fish assemblage 84
7 Plant communities and the social organization and community structure of herbivorous mammals 109
8 Discussion: predators, predation, and community structure: patterns and processes 133
9 The role of size variations within fish cohorts in competition, responses to predation, and apparent mutualisms 143
10 An analysis of interactive webs of a scale-insect community, their host plants, and natural enemies 159
11 Mode of competition and interspecific competitive outcomes 178
12 Discussion: understanding indirect effects: is it possible? 199
13 Competitive and co-operative interactions in Tanganyikan fish communities 213
14 Cost-benefit model for the evolution of symbiosis 228
15 Discussion: mutualism as pattern and process in ecosystem organization 239
16 Indirect effects arising from optimal foraging 255
17 Volatile allelochemicals that mediate interactions in a tritrophic system consisting of predatory mites, spider mites, and plants 280
18 Modelling indirect effects of predation on community structure 296
19 An extension of niche theory for complex interactions 311
20 Discussion: promoted coexistence through indirect effects: need for a new ecology of complexity 323
21 Ecological complexity - first acknowledge, then unravel 339
22 Species abundances 350
23 On the relative importance of direct versus indirect effects in ecological communities 365
24 Concluding remarks 412
Author index 417
Subject index 422
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