Ecological Research


    Vol. 33 (2018)
    No. submitted articles: 359
    No. accepted articles: 71


    Current issue
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    vol. 27 2012


    Ecosystem size may be an important factor determining food-chain length. Ecologists have long struggled to understand the causes of variation in foodchain length. The Bahamian Islands (top) in the Atlantic Ocean have many small and large islands along a variety of environmental gradients, offering great opportunities to study the environmental variables that drive variation in food-chain length among islands. Top predators on the islands are orb spiders, such as Argiope argentata (middle), and lizards (Anolis sagrei; bottom). Their trophic position, estimated by stable isotope technique, showed significant increases with island area, being among the first examples from terrestrial systems that food-chain length increases with ecosystem size.
    Photos by *Gaku Takimoto

    *Gaku Takimoto is the recipient of the 15th Miyadi Award!!
    Check his award article