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The Biology of Temporary Waters$
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D. Dudley Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198528128

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528128.001.0001

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Community dynamics

Community dynamics

(p.163) CHAPTER 6 Community dynamics
The Biology of Temporary Waters

D. Dudley Williams

Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   community ecology, colonization, competition, food webs, hydroperiod, trophic dynamics

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