Scaling Population Density to Body Size in Rocky Intertidal Communities

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Science  23 Nov 1990:
Vol. 250, Issue 4984, pp. 1125-1127
DOI: 10.1126/science.250.4984.1125


Interspecific comparisons of animal population density to body size has been the subject of active research in the last decade, especially for terrestrial animals when considering particular taxa or taxonomic assemblages. Studies of rocky intertidal communities showed that animal population density scales with body size to the -0.77 power. This relation held within local communities representing a broad array of animal taxa and was not affected by a dramatic alteration in the network of between-species interactions, as revealed by two long-term human exclusion experiments.

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