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Dieter Ebert, Jürgen W. Hottinger and V. Ilmari Pajunen Unsuitable habitat patches lead to severe underestimation of dynamics and gene flow in a zooplankton metapopulation Journal of Animal Ecology 82

Version of Record online: 15 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12044

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Migration among patches in a metapopulation may be limited by migrants or by patch quality. In an intensively studied Daphnia metapopulation, the authors reveal that patch quality is a strongly limiting factor. Actual migration rates are 3–5 times higher than previously thought, making the entire metapopulation much more dynamic than previous studies assumed.

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