Data from: Prey size diversity hinders biomass trophic transfer and predator size diversity promotes it in planktonic communities

Carmen García-Comas, Akash R. Sastri, Lin Ye, Chun-Yi Chang, Fan-Sian Lin, Min-Sian Su, Gwo-Ching Gong & Chih-Hao Hsieh
Body size exerts multiple effects on plankton food-web interactions. However, the influence of size structure on trophic transfer remains poorly quantified in the field. Here, we examine how the size diversity of prey (nano-microplankton) and predators (mesozooplankton) influence trophic transfer efficiency (using biomass ratio as a proxy) in natural marine ecosystems. Our results support previous studies on single trophic levels: transfer efficiency decreases with increasing prey size diversity and is enhanced with greater predator size...
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