climax community

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climax community:

see ecologyecology,
study of the relationships of organisms to their physical environment and to one another. The study of an individual organism or a single species is termed autecology; the study of groups of organisms is called synecology.
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climax community

[′klī‚maks kə‚myü·nə·dē]
(ecology)
The final stage in ecological succession in which a relatively constant environment is reached and species composition no longer changes in a directional fashion, but fluctuates about some mean, or average, community composition.
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According to Whittaker [11], climax communities can be identified by the maximum height and biomass inherent to this series and the presence of self-regenerating populations of cenosis-forming species.
1988) identified Populus tremuloides/Thalictrum fendleri and Populus tremuloides/Pteridium aquilinum community types in the southern Rocky Mountains as climax communities, and our stands would be classified as such.
In fact, the entire concept of climax communities has been questioned including the importance of differing spatial and temporal scales, disturbance regimes, and equilibrium and nonequilibrium states in interpreting community dynamics (e.