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Russian Journal of Ecology

, Volume 48, Issue 6, pp 532–538 | Cite as

Dietary overlap among ruminants, geese, and lemmings of Wrangel Island in summer

  • I. S. Sheremetyev
  • S. B. Rozenfeld
  • A. P. Gruzdev
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Abstract

Trends in the dynamics of herbivore community related to trophic competition in summer have been analyzed on Wrangel Island. The results show that the trophic spectra overlap considerably, resources are partitioned on the principle “weak competitors after strong competitors,” and community dynamics in the absence of extermination depend on specific competitive advantages related to the width of food spectrum. We conclude that the dynamics of this insular community prior to the establishment of nature reserve on the island have been determined by human activities, as well as the structure of arctic herbivore communities in general.

Keywords

the Arctic geese lemmings muskox Late Quaternary extinctions reindeer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. S. Sheremetyev
    • 1
  • S. B. Rozenfeld
    • 2
  • A. P. Gruzdev
    • 3
  1. 1.Federal Scientific Center of East Asia Terrestrial Biodiversity, Far East BranchRussian Academy of SciencesVladivostokRussia
  2. 2.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and EvolutionRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Wrangel Island State Nature ReservePevek, Chukchi Autonomous AreaRussia

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