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Relationships are complex, and species living in Amazonian rainforests are no exception.
While local environmental factors, including soil, shape where we find certain species, there is much more to the story. An international team of scientists led by Florida International University (FIU) ecologist Jason Vleminckx examined five highly diverse groups in French Guiana—trees, fungi, earthworms, ants and spiders. They found species turnover is highly coordinated among the groups, shedding new light on how trophic interactions shape community assembly in tropical forests.
Biodiversity - Species - Identity - Species - Chris
"Biodiversity is more than just species counts—it also comprises the identity of species," said Chris Baraloto, director of the FIU International Center for Tropical Botany at the Kampong. "In our study, we show clearly that the composition of species in different taxonomic groups are tightly linked, underlying the importance of the myriad of species interactions in hyperdiverse systems such as tropical rainforests."
The research suggests the presence of fungi, earthworms, ants and spiders were all closely associated with trees and, in some cases, each other....
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