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This publication spells out the theoretical constitution, method and philosophy of the technological know-how of autecology. The autecological method specializes in the interactions of person organisms (and their species-specific variations) with the spatio-temporal dynamics in their atmosphere as a foundation for studying styles of range and abundance in ordinary platforms. This organism-based method of ecological Read more...

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Sandpipers like the dunlin (Calidris alpina) and red knot (C. canutus) have a high density of sensory structures at the tip of their beak (Fig. 4). These are innervated by extension of the trigeminal nerve, and sensory information is fed back to a relatively massive expansion of the forebrain (Fig. 5), a feature postulated to form a specialized tactile fovea to enhance sensory resolution and integration of incoming information (Pettigrew and Frost 1985). Plovers have no such expansion (Fig. 5).

Such mistaken cases include organisms as small as Foraminifera, even those long used in paleoclimatic reconstruction (de Vargas et al. 1999), as common as Portuguese man o’ war (Dawson and Jacobs 2001) and as substantial (and seemingly well-known) as killer whales (Pitman and Ensor 2003, Pitman et al. 2007, Leduc et al. 2008). Organisms evidently interact with their oceanic environment in rather specific ways, and we are only now starting to learn how oceanic birds that fly deal with their environment.

As a first step in developing this logic and formulating a theoretical structure for autecology, we illustrate in the rest of this section the relationship between specific adaptations and some of their ecological consequences. These correlations provide the basis for future tests of the ways in which such mechanisms influence local ecology. 2 A typical example of the differential distribution of closely related species, in this case mainland Australian honeyeaters of the genus Melithreptes all of which inhabit rather similar dry sclerophyll vegetation.

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