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  • 1 Department of Botany, Oklahoma State University 104 Life Sciences East, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA
  • 2 Department of Botany, Oklahoma State University 104 Life Sciences East, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA
  • 3 Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University 430 Life Sciences West, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA
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We examine literature on flooding as a disturbance on both sessile and mobile organisms. The limitations and assumptions of the Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis (IDH) are identified and examined. We conclude that research on plants supports the IDH. In contrast, mobile invertebrates and vertebrates rarely support the hypothesis. Therefore, we strongly encourage investigators to consider explanations beyond the IDH when explaining community dynamics following floods.

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