The species richness-productivity relationship: Time to stop searching for a "true" pattern?

Y. Ziv, A. Tsairi

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Contrary to the past belief that the species richness-productivity relationship (SRPR) is characterized by a single "true" pattern, several analyses have shown that a heterogeneous distribution of SRPRs exists and that the patterns' distribution of a SRPR is sensitive to the directness of the estimates of productivity. A simple conceptual model demonstrates that taking into account underlying relationships connecting productivity with species richness produces a heterogeneous distribution of relationships. We suggest that the search for a single pattern for SRPR has reached a dead end, and that we should direct our research focus to exploring the mechanisms responsible for the various SRPRs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-180
Number of pages4
JournalCommunity Ecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2004


  • Conceptual model
  • Monotonic-increase relationship
  • Species diversity
  • Unimodal pattern

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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