Prevalence of phylogenetic clustering at multiple scales in an African rain forest tree community
Ingrid Parmentier, Maxime Réjou-Méchain, Jérôme Chave, Jason Vleminckx, Duncan W. Thomas, David Kenfack, George B. Chuyong and Olivier J. Hardy
Article first published online: 22 APR 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12254
Using new methods to characterize the structure of communities across spatial and phylogenetic scales, we inferred the relative importance of the mechanisms underlying species coexistence in tropical forests. Our analysis confirms that environmental ltering processes are key in the structuring of natural communities at most spatial scales. Although negative-density tends to limit coexistence of closely related species at very short distance (<1 m), its influence is largely veiled by environmental filtering at larger distances.