Nov 14 2011
Reflection Post Fundamental/Realized/Generalist/Specialist Confusion
Ok, so I get that a fundamental niche is “the suite of ideal environmental conditions for a species” and that a realized niche is “the range of abiotic and biotic conditions under which a species actually lives” but my really quest has to do with niche generalists versus niche specialists. Are generalists found in both fundamental and realized niches or only in various realized niches because they can live with abiotic/biotic conditions variations? And vice versa with specialists. Sorry, I’ve sort of really confused myself on the matter.