Phenotypic plasticity may mediate habitat filtering in a forest edge community

Ernesto Gianoli & Víctor Escobedo
A key process determining community assembly is habitat filtering, which reduces the range of trait values and thus leads to trait convergence. Habitat filtering is often assumed to involve a reduction in species richness, but such trait convergence could also result from phenotypic plasticity. By allowing more species in the community to show the “right” phenotype and pass the filter, phenotypic plasticity could maintain species richness despite trait convergence. If phenotypic plasticity plays this role,...
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