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Unformatted text preview: competitor, Mytilus mussels , have on the coexistence of the multiple species competing for the same critical resource, space ? Paine’s experimental design:-Set up 4 fenced-in exclosures-Removed starfish ( Pisaster ) from 2 exclosures; others = controls -Monitored diversity of sessile invertebrate species over 10 years Results: Take-home message: If two competing species have extensive niche overlap, the stronger species should gradually competitively exclude the weaker species. This assumes, however, that: In this study:...
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- Spring '07
- Genetics, 10 Years, Robert Paine, Mytilus mussels, stronger competitor