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Citation. Tilman, D. 1987. The importance of the mechanisms of interspecific competition. The American Naturalist 129(5):769-774.   [1167  LTER]

Introduction. Schoener (1983, 1985) and Connell (1983a) summarized more than 150 field experiments designed to test for the existence of interspecific competition in natural communities. Although there are differences between their reviews (Schoener 1985), both concluded that interspecific competition was detectable in more than half of the species studied. That more than 150 such field experiments were available for review is a testimonial to the dissatisfaction with which ecologists have viewed traditional studies that attempted to infer the presence of competition using correlational or distributional data.

Keywords. interspecific competition,


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