[Taxacom] Are there species smaller than 1 mm?

Doug Yanega dyanega at ucr.edu
Thu Aug 22 11:17:53 CDT 2013


On 8/22/13 3:52 AM, Bob Mesibov wrote:
> Title of a very interesting paper, open access at
>
> http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/280/1767/20131248.full
And the title is very misleading. If you read the proverbial fine print, 
they eventually come out and admit that this model only applies to 
asexual organisms. In essence, they are considering only things like 
bacteria and protists (and, in essence, whether they exhibit niche 
partitioning), rather than multicellular organisms (for which the 
sub-millimeter biodiversity can be rather high, given things like mites, 
nematodes, rotifers, aquatic crustaceans, collembolans, and parasitic 
hymenopterans). Models are only as good as their underlying assumptions, 
and I'm not much impressed by this model.

Peace,

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