- according to Hottinger (2006):
SUCCESSION - [ecological succession]; a gradual change over time, in any one area, of the composition of the community through interspecific competition and coexistence, from the arrival of pioneers in an empty habitat to a mature, equilibrated community, termed climax, when equilibrium with long-continued, stable environmental conditions has been achieved. Periodic disturbances in the environment may shorten the length of the succession to early phases of the process (disclimax).
Hottinger (2006), Illustrated glossary of terms used in foraminiferal research. Carnets de Géologie, Memoir 2, ISSN 1634-0744