Concept 56 - Concept 53.5 Contrasting views of community...

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Concept 53.5 Contrasting views of community structure are the subject of continuing debate The  integrated hypothesis  of community structure depicts a community as an assemblage  of closely linked species locked into association by mandatory biotic interactions. The community functions as an integrated unit, as a superorganism. The  individualistic hypothesis  of community structure depicts a community as a chance  assemblage of species found in the same area because they happen to have similar abiotic  requirements for rainfall, temperature, or soil type. These two very different hypotheses suggest different priorities in studying biological  communities. The integrated hypothesis emphasizes assemblages of species as the essential units for  understanding the interactions and distributions of species. The individualistic hypothesis emphasizes single species.
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