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Endemics and Cosmopolitans: Application of Statistical Mechanics to the Dry Forests of Mexico

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Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH, UK
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Department of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620, USA
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Entropy 2019, 21(6), 616; https://doi.org/10.3390/e21060616
Received: 1 April 2019 / Revised: 10 June 2019 / Accepted: 20 June 2019 / Published: 22 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Thermodynamics and Population Dynamics)
Data on the seasonally dry tropical forests of Mexico have been examined in the light of statistical mechanics. The results suggest a division into two classes of species. There are drifting populations of a cosmopolitan class capable of existing in most dry forest sites; these have a statistical distribution previously only observed (globally) for populations of alien species. We infer that a high proportion of species found only at a single site are specialists, endemics, and that these prefer sites comparatively low in species richness. View Full-Text
Keywords: statistical mechanics; resource partitioning; distribution of species; seasonally dry tropical forest; biotic resistance statistical mechanics; resource partitioning; distribution of species; seasonally dry tropical forest; biotic resistance
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Bowler, M.G.; Kelly, C.K. Endemics and Cosmopolitans: Application of Statistical Mechanics to the Dry Forests of Mexico. Entropy 2019, 21, 616. https://doi.org/10.3390/e21060616

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Bowler MG, Kelly CK. Endemics and Cosmopolitans: Application of Statistical Mechanics to the Dry Forests of Mexico. Entropy. 2019; 21(6):616. https://doi.org/10.3390/e21060616

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Bowler, Michael G., and Colleen K. Kelly 2019. "Endemics and Cosmopolitans: Application of Statistical Mechanics to the Dry Forests of Mexico" Entropy 21, no. 6: 616. https://doi.org/10.3390/e21060616

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