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How Structured Is the Entangled Bank? The Surprisingly Simple Organization of Multiplex Ecological Networks Leads to Increased Persistence and Resilience

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From species to multiplex clusters.

Left: Network of trophic and non-trophic interactions between the 106 species of the Chilean web. Nodes indicate species and are sized by total degree. Vertical position is proportional to trophic level. Horizontal position is proportional to non-trophic degree. Edges are blue, red, and gray for trophic, positive, and negative interactions, respectively. Edges’ directionality is represented by link curvature, with lines arching clockwise from source to target. Right: Interactions between the multiplex clusters. Nodes are sized by the number of species in the cluster. Numbers correspond to the cluster ID used in the text. Link widths are proportional to the interaction probability between clusters. Only edges whose probability is superior to 0.5 are plotted, and cluster 3 (benthic diatoms) is not shown. Cluster 4 is absent because it is not involved in any interaction type with a probability >50%. Clusters of the same color have similar 3D connectivity but differ in the identity of interacting species. These colors reflect the “multiplex functional groups” defined later on. The networks were plotted with VibrantData (http://vibrantdata.io). Underlying data can be found in the Dryad repository: http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.b4vg0 [21].

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doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.1002527.g001