Data from: Is biodiversity energy-limited or unbounded? A test in fossil and modern bivalves

Craig R. McClain, Noel A. Heim, Matthew L. Knope & Jonathan L. Payne
The quantity of biomass in an ecosystem is constrained by energy availability. It is less clear, however, how energy availability constrains taxonomic and functional diversity. Competing models suggest biodiversity is either resource-limited or far from any bound. We test the hypothesis that functional diversity in marine bivalve communities is constrained by energy availability, measured as particulate organic carbon (POC) flux, in the modern oceans. We find that POC flux predicts the relative prevalence of ecological...
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