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Dragonflies and DamselfliesModel Organisms for Ecological and Evolutionary Research$
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Alex Córdoba-Aguilar

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230693

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230693.001.0001

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Ecological factors limiting the distributions and abundances of Odonata

Ecological factors limiting the distributions and abundances of Odonata

(p.51) CHAPTER 5 Ecological factors limiting the distributions and abundances of Odonata
Dragonflies and Damselflies

Mark A. McPeek

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the ecological processes that define and limit the distributions and abundances of many odonate species across ecological environments. Distributions of species among standing bodies of water seem to be limited mainly by the distributions of their predators in the larval stage (e.g., larger dragonflies and fish). Although species also show restricted distributions among flowing water habitats, much less is known about the ecological processes that constrain their distributions. Many different types of species interactions (e.g., resource abundances, competitors, predators, parasites) contribute to the limitation of local abundances. Directions for potential future research are suggested.

Keywords:   habitat distribution, density dependence, limiting factors, predation, competition, population regulation

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