Food web complexity II: empirical results
The last chapter concerned the question: does the requirement of stability impose upper or lower bounds on how complex a food web can be? This chapter presents three kinds of empirical evidence which bear upon this question. The first is direct tests of the relationship between complexity and stability. The second involves attempts to demonstrate the theoretically suggested hyperbolic relationship between the connectance and the number of species. Finally, there is the indirect evidence on the consequences of species removals; this evaluates whether donor-controlled dynamics are good descriptions of the real world.
KeywordsInteraction Strength Species Number Species Density Coralline Alga Species Loss
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