Functional niche constraints on carnivore assemblages (mammalia: carnivora) in the Americas: What facilitates coexistence through space and time?

Andrés Arias-Alzate, Felber J. Arroyave, Oscar Y. Romero Goyeneche, Rafael Hurtado Heredia, José F. Gonzalez-Maya, Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales, A. Townsend Peterson & Enrique Martínez-Meyer
Aim: Mammalian carnivores are among the best studied groups in terms of evolutionary history. However, the effects of species interactions in shaping community assemblages remain poorly understood. We hypothesize that indirect interactions via ecological trait filtering play a key role in structuring carnivoran assemblages, mediate coexistence, and thus should show high functional diversity in space and time at continental scales. Location: Americas. Taxon: Mammalian carnivores (Mammalia: Carnivora). Methods: We followed a macroecological perspective via ecological...
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