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The Biology of Rarity

Causes and consequences of rare—common differences

Part of the book series: Population and Community Biology Series (PCBS, volume 17)

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Rarity and Rare-Common Differences

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Rare—common differences: an overview

      • Kevin J. Gaston, William E. Kunin
      Pages 12-29
    3. What is rarity?

      • Kevin J. Gaston
      Pages 30-47
    4. Who is rare? Artefacts and complexities of rarity determination

      • Tim M. Blackburn, Kevin J. Gaston
      Pages 48-60
  3. Mechanisms Creating Rare-Common Differences

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 61-61
    2. Who gets the short bits of the broken stick?

      • Michael L. Rosenzweig, Mark V. Lomolino
      Pages 63-90
    3. Extinction risk and rarity on an ecological timescale

      • Georgina M. Mace, Melanie Kershaw
      Pages 130-149
    4. Evolved consequences of rarity

      • Gordon H. Orians
      Pages 190-208
  4. Future Directions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 235-235
    2. Predicting and understanding rarity: the comparative approach

      • Peter Cotgreave, Mark Pagel
      Pages 237-261
    3. Concluding comments

      • Kevin J. Gaston, William E. Kunin
      Pages 262-272
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 273-280

About this book

This book began life as a review article. That article spawned a symposium which was, in turn, greatly expanded to form the present volume. As the project moved through these developmental stages (hopefully, towards attainment of its full maturity), a number of people have provided invaluable assistance to us, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them. Gordon Orians must certainly take a high place in that list. He has been both a friend and mentor to W.E.K., and many of the topics explored in this book have emerged from the resultant dialogue. His thought processes, ideas and perhaps even some of his turns of phrase emerge throughout much ofthe book. Gordon also played a pivotal role in inviting in motion, and so he has served as a catalyst the article that set this project to the book as well as one of its reagents. While he has not served as an editor of this book, he is one of its authors in more than just the literal sense.

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Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Biology, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

    William E. Kunin

  • Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

    Kevin J. Gaston

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Biology of Rarity

  • Book Subtitle: Causes and consequences of rare—common differences

  • Editors: William E. Kunin, Kevin J. Gaston

  • Series Title: Population and Community Biology Series

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-011-5874-9

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1997

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-412-63380-5Published: 31 December 1996

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-010-6483-5Published: 29 October 2012

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-011-5874-9Published: 06 December 2012

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 280

  • Topics: Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Nature Conservation

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Softcover Book USD 249.99
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