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No pervasive relationship between species size and local abundance trends
Terry, J.C.D.; O’Sullivan, J.D.; Rossberg, A.G. (2022). No pervasive relationship between species size and local abundance trends. Nature Ecology & Evolution 6: 140-144.
In: Nature Ecology & Evolution. Springer Nature. ISSN 2397-334X, more
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Leung, B. (2022). Smaller species are not better off. Nature Ecology & Evolution 6(2): 134-135., more
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  • Terry, J.C.D.
  • O’Sullivan, J.D.
  • Rossberg, A.G.

    Although there is some evidence that larger species could be more prone to population declines, the potential role of size traits in determining changes in community composition has been underexplored in global-scale analyses. Here, we combine a large cross-taxon assemblage time series database (BioTIME) with multiple trait databases to show that there is no clear correlation within communities between size traits and changes in abundance over time, suggesting that there is no consistent tendency for larger species to be doing proportionally better or worse than smaller species at local scales.

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