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Coexistence in Ungulate Communities: Niches, Resource Partitioning, Competition & Facilitation

Nichols, Ruth

Abstract

The coexistence of species is a fundamental concept studied in ecology. Inherent within it are the concepts of a niche and resource partitioning. In this review I will define these basic concepts and examine how they have been studied using ungulates as a model system. Specifically, I will discuss resource use in ungulate systems and how those resources are partitioned across space and time. I will also discuss important factors in studying the coexistence of ungulate communities, namely the roles of physiology, body mass, and landscape variation. I will also briefly go over the newer, genetic methods are now available to answer more in depth questions on the mechanisms maintaining coexistence within these communities.

Keywords

deer; Cervidae; browsing; grazing

Published in

Introductory research essay (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies)
2012, number: 17
Publisher: Institutionen för vilt, fisk och miljö, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet

Authors' information

Nichols, Ruth
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies

UKÄ Subject classification

Ecology

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/79132