The Competition Spectrum, outlining how differential use of shared and limiting resources drives interspecific competition, with outcomes varying across trophic and taxonomic groups. For example, plants compete for resources lacking equivalents, preventing competing species from switching to analogous resources, while generalist predators have many relatively equivalent potential prey items and the reduction of one prey item by an invader could lead to little or no effect on interspecific competition. We propose that RIP (Relative Impact Potential) will be most useful towards the right, whereas the same metric might better be named RICP (Relative Inter-specific Competitive Potential) to the left.

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