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Shell resource partitioning as a mechanism of coexistence in two co-occurring terrestrial hermit crab species

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Steibl, Sebastian ; Laforsch, Christian:
Shell resource partitioning as a mechanism of coexistence in two co-occurring terrestrial hermit crab species.
In: BMC Ecology. Vol. 20 (16 January 2020) . - No. 1.
ISSN 1472-6785
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12898-019-0268-2

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Coexistence is enabled by ecological differentiation of the co-occurring species. One possible mechanism thereby is resource partitioning, where each species utilizes a distinct subset of the most limited resource. This resource partitioning is difficult to investigate using empirical research in nature, as only few species are primarily limited by solely one resource, rather than a combination of multiple factors. One exception are the shell-dwelling hermit crabs, which are known to be limited under natural conditions and in suitable habitats primarily by the availability of gastropod shells. In the present study, we used two co-occurring terrestrial hermit crab species, Coenobita rugosus and C. perlatus, to investigate how resource partitioning is realized in nature and whether it could be a driver of coexistence.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology I > Chair Animal Ecology I - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch
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Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology I
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2020 22:00
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2020 08:35
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/54727