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Comparing models of species abundance (Reply)

Nature volume 441, pages E1E2 (04 May 2006) | Download Citation

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We have demonstrated that information on relative species abundance (RSA) cannot, without additional information, be used to discriminate among biological explanations for different RSA patterns1; but Chave et al. claim that our conclusion is premature2. Here we show that their analysis was not carried out in a consistent manner and that density dependence gives an equally valid mechanistic explanation for RSA patterns in addition to, and independently of, dispersal limitation.

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  • 18 May 2006

    The y-axis in the top panel of Fig. 1 is now correctly labelled from 0 to 20, rather than from 0.9 to 1.3.

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  1. *Department of Physics, 104 Davey Laboratory, Department of Biology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, USA

    • Igor Volkov
    •  & Jayanth R. Banavar
  2. †Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Department of Biology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802, USA jayanth@phys.psu.edu

    • Igor Volkov
  3. ‡Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H1, Canada

    • Fangliang He
  4. §Department of Plant Biology, The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602, USA

    • Stephen P. Hubbell
  5. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Box 2072, Balboa, Panama

    • Stephen P. Hubbell
  6. ¶Dipartimento di Fisica ‘G. Galilei’, Universitá di Padova, 35131 Padova, Italy

    • Amos Maritan

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