Title

Blurred Lines Between Competition and Parasitism

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

7-2017

Publisher

Wiley

Source Publication

Biotropica

Source ISSN

0006-3606

Abstract

Accurately describing the ecological relationships between species is more than mere semantics-doing so has profound practical and applied implications, not the least of which is that inaccurate descriptions can lead to fundamentally incorrect predicted outcomes of community composition and functioning. Accurate ecological classifications are particularly important in the context of global change, where species interactions can change rapidly following shifts in species composition. Here, we argue that many common ecological interactions-particularly competition and parasitism-can be easily confused and that we often lack empirical evidence for the full reciprocal interaction among species. To make our case and to propose a theoretical framework for addressing this problem, we use the interactions between lianas and trees, whose outcomes have myriad implications for the ecology and conservation of tropical forests (e.g., Schnitzer et al. 2015).

Comments

Biotropica, Vol. 49, No. 4 (July 2017): 433-438. DOI.

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