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The Biology of Rarity: Causes and Consequences of Rare-Common Differences

Series: Population and Community Biology Series Volume: 17

Edited By: WE Kunin and KJ Gaston

280 pages, Figs, tabs

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 1996 | #52838 | ISBN: 0412633809
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Rare species and the subject of rarity itself have gained increasing attention in recent years. This book addresses a novel aspect of their biology, bringing insights from a variety of discplines to bear on the causes and implications of differences between rare and common species. |This work should interest not only those concerned with rare species but also those with a theoretical bias, as it addresses the fundamental question of how various ecological and evolutionary processes can contribute to the formation of pattern.

'...the content is excellent, with the editors contributing the bulk of the material...there is much original and useful material for most ecologist, and I can thoroughly recommend it.' Journal of Animal Ecology


Rarity and rare-common differences; mechanisms creating rare-common differences; exit biases; consequences of rarity; implications and conclusions.

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