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Shixiong Wang, Xiaoan Wang, Hua Guo, Weiyi Fan, Haiying Lv and Renyan Duan Distinguishing the importance between habitat specialization and dispersal limitation on species turnover Ecology and Evolution 3

Version of Record online: 29 AUG 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.745

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Our results underscore the importance of synthetic models that integrate effects of both dispersal and niche assembly for understanding the community assembly. However, habitat specialization (niche assembly) may not always be the dominant process in community assembly, even under harsh environments. Community assembly may be in a trait-dependent manner (e.g., forest layers in present study). Thus, taking more species traits into account would strengthen our confidence in the inferred assembly mechanisms.

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