Spatio-Temporal Dynamics and Resource Use in the Canopy
Arthropods are the most diverse group of organisms on our planet and the tropical rainforests represent the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems. This book, written by 79 authors contributing to 35 chapters, aims to provide an overview of data collected during recent studies in Australia, Africa, Asia, and South America. The book focuses on the distribution of arthropods and their use of resources in the rainforest canopies, providing a basis for comparison between the forest ecosystems of the main biogeographical regions. Topics covered include the distribution of arthropods along vertical gradients and the relationship between the soil/litter habitat and the forest canopy. The temporal dynamics of arthropod communities, habitats and food selection are examined within and among tropical tree crowns, as are the effects of forest disturbance. This important book is a valuable addition to the literature used by community ecologists, conservation biologists entomologists, botanists and forestry experts.
ABSTRACT Insect herbivory, species richness and distribution in the canopy of
tropical savanna is compared with that of tropical rainforests by compiling
published information from various savanna and forest habitats in the neotropics,
Africa and Australasia. An overview of herbivory patterns is presented,
contrasting species- rich plant assemblages with natural monodominant tree
populations. Data suggest that host trees suffer greater herbivory in savannas
than in rainforests and in ...