This chapter describes the very prominent succession of species that characterizes the communities living in temporary waters. It examines the important biological factors that influence these communities, particularly colonization dynamics and competition. Conceptually, temporary waters are explored as islands in space and time. The chapter concludes with an in depth consideration of foodweb dynamics of communities among different habitat types and along a hydroperiod gradient, seeking to determine whether these habitats exhibit trophic continua or disjunct phases.
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