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The how and why of biodiversity

A study of reef fish in the Indian and Pacific oceans reveals that the structures of local communities and their regional context are intricately entwined. New species spread far from an oceanic 'hotspot' of diversity.

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Gaston, K. The how and why of biodiversity. Nature 421, 900–901 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1038/421900a

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