Environmental filtering and convergent evolution determine the ecological specialisation of subterranean spiders

Stefano Mammola, Miquel Arnedo, Cene Fišer, Pedro Cardoso, Andrea Dejanaz & Marco Isaia
1. Ecological specialisation is an important mechanism enhancing species coexistence within a given community. Yet, unravelling the effect of multiple selective evolutionary and ecological factors leading the process of specialisation remains a key challenge in ecology. Subterranean habitats provide highly replicated experimental arenas in which to disentangle the relative contribution of evolutionary history (convergent evolution vs character displacement) and ecological setting (environmental filtering vs competitive exclusion) in driving community assembly. 2. We tested alternative hypotheses...
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