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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)
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Abstract

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.

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