Environmental drivers of local abundance-mass scaling in soil animal communities

Ana Carolina Antunes, Benoit Gauzens, Ulrich Brose, Simone Cesarz, Nico Eisenhauer, Olga Ferlian, Malte Jochum, Anton Potapov, Luca Santini, Stefan Scheu & Myriam Hirt
The relationship between species’ body masses and densities is strongly conserved around a three-quarter power law when pooling data across communities. However, studies of local within-community relationships have revealed major deviations from this general pattern, which has profound implications for their stability and functioning. Despite multiple contributions of soil communities to people, there is limited knowledge on the drivers of body mass-abundance relationships in these communities. We compiled a dataset comprising 155 soil-animal communities across...
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