Data from: Herbivores enforce sharp boundaries between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems

Judith M. Sarneel, Naomi Huig, Geertje F. Veen, Winnie Rip & Elisabeth S. Bakker
The transitions between ecosystems (ecotones) are often biodiversity hotspots, but we know little about the forces that shape them. Today, often sharp boundaries with low diversity are found between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. This has been attributed to environmental factors that hamper succession. However, ecosystem properties are often controlled by both bottom-up and top-down forces, but their relative importance in shaping riparian boundaries is not known. We hypothesize that (1) herbivores may enforce sharp transitions...
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