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Optimal Foraging, Specialization, and a Solution to Liem's Paradox

ABSTRACT Species that appear highly specialized on the basis of their phenotype (e.g., morphology, behavior, and physiology) also sometimes act as ecological generalists. This apparent paradox has been used to argue against the importance of competition as a diversifying evolutionary force. We... Full description

1st Person: Robinson, Beren W.
Additional Persons: Wilson, David Sloan
Source: in The American Naturalist Vol. 151, No. 3 (1998), p. 223-235
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Type of Publication: Article
Language: English
Published: 1998
Keywords: Specialist
optimal foraging theory
adaptive radiation
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