Habitat loss alters effects of intransitive higher-order competition on biodiversity: a new metapopulation framework

Jinbao Liao, Yinglin Li, Daniel Bearup & Jinbao Liao
Recent studies have suggested that intransitive competition, as opposed to hierarchical competition, allow more species to coexist. Furthermore, it is recognized that the prevalent paradigm, which assumes that species interactions are exclusively pairwise, may be insufficient. More importantly, whether and how habitat loss, a key driver of biodiversity loss, can alter these complex competition structures and therefore species coexistence remain unclear. We thus present a new simple yet comprehensive metapopulation framework which can account for...
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