Species Richness

Figure 6.5 The effect on ecosystem processes of deleting entire functional groups in an ascending or descending fashion. Deletions in an ascending fashion means that the first to be deleted are all species from the rarest functional group, followed by all the specics in the next functional group. In this case, species within functional groups are also deleted in an ascending fashion. Deletions in a descending fashion represent the opposite pattern, where functional groups and species within functional groups are deleted from the most abundant toward the least abundant

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