Life stage and taxonomy the most important factors determining vertebrate stoichiometry: A meta-analysis

Emily May & Rana El Sabaawi
1. Whole-body elemental composition is a key trait for determining how organisms influence their ecosystems. Using mass-balance, ecological stoichiometry predicts that animals with higher concentrations of element X will selectively retain more X and will recycle less X in their waste than animals with lower X concentrations. These animals will also store high quantities of X during their lives and after their deaths (prior to full decomposition). 2. Vertebrates may uniquely impact nutrient cycling because...
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