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

Version 1 : Received: 2 April 2019 / Approved: 3 April 2019 / Online: 3 April 2019 (10:36:47 CEST)

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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. Bowler, M.G.; Kelly, C.K. Endemics and Cosmopolitans: Application of Statistical Mechanics to the Dry Forests of Mexico. Entropy 2019, 21, 616.

Journal reference: Entropy 2019, 21, 616
DOI: 10.3390/e21060616

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. A high proportion of species found only at a single site are endemic and these prefer sites comparatively low in species richness.

Subject Areas

statistical mechanics; resource partitioning; distribution of species; seasonally dry tropical forest; biotic resistance

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