Arthropods of Tropical Forests: Spatio-Temporal Dynamics and Resource Use in the Canopy

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Arthropods are the most diverse group of organisms on our planet, and the tropical rainforests represent the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems. This volume provides an overview of data collected during recent studies in Australia, Africa, Asia, and South America. The contributions focus 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. 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.

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"We must congratulate the editors and authors. Arthropods of Tropical Forests is a milestone publication. It will be of great value to many tropical invertebrate zoologists. Moreover, it also has much to offer to a broader audience, including plant ecologists and conservation biologists." Plant Science Bulletin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521087841
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/2008
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 492
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Yves Basset is a Tupper Fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in the Republic of Panama.

Roger Kitching is Professor of Ecology in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Pt. I Arthropods of tropical canopies: current themes of research
1 Canopy entomology, an expanding field of natural science 4
2 Methodological advances and limitations in canopy entomology 7
3 Vertical stratification of arthropod assemblages 17
4 Determinants of temporal variation in community structure 28
5 Herbivore assemblages and their food resources 40
Pt. II Vertical stratification in tropical forests
6 Distribution of ants and bark-beetles in crowns of tropical oaks 59
7 Vertical and temporal diversity of a species-rich moth taxon in Borneo 69
8 Canopy foliage structure and flight density of butterflies and birds in Sarawak 86
9 Stratification of the spider fauna in a Tanzanian forest 92
10 Fauna of suspended soils in an Ongokea gore tree in Gabon 102
11 Vertical stratification of flying insects in a Surinam lowland rainforest 110
Pt. III Temporal patterns in tropical canopies
12 Insect responses to general flowering in Sarawak
13 Arthropod assemblages across a long chronosequence in the Hawaiian Islands 135
14 Seasonality of canopy beetles in Uganda 146
15 Seasonality and community composition of springtails in Mexican forests 159
16 Seasonal variation of canopy arthropods in Central Amazon 170
17 Arthropod seasonality in tree crowns with different epiphyte loads 176
Pt. IV Resource use and host specificity in tropical canopies
18 How do beetle assemblages respond to anthropogenic disturbance? 190
19 Organization of arthropod assemblages in individual African savanna trees 198
20 Flower ecology in the neotropics: a flower-ant love-hate relationship
21 Taxonomic composition and host specificity of phytophagous beetles in a dry forest in Panama 220
22 Microhabitat distribution of forest grasshoppers in the Amazon 237
23 Flowering events and beetle diversity in Venezuela 256
Pt. V Synthesis: spatio-temporal dynamics and resource use in tropical canopies
24 Habitat use and stratification of Collembola and oribatid mites 271
25 Insect herbivores feeding on conspecific seedlings and trees 282
26 Hallowed hideaways: basal mites in tree hollows and allied habitats 291
27 Arthropod diel activity and stratification 304
28 Diel, seasonal and disturbance-induced variation in invertebrate assemblages 315
29 Tree relatedness and the similarity of insect assemblages: pushing the limits? 329
30 A review of mosaics of dominant ants in rainforests and plantations 341
31 Insect herbivores in the canopies of savannas and rainforests 348
32 Canopy flowers and certainty: loose niches revisited 360
33 How polyphagous are Costa Rican dry forest saturniid caterpillars? 369
34 Influences of forest management on insects 380
35 Conclusion: arthropods, canopies and interpretable patterns 394
References 407
Index 469
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