Biogeography and Ecology of the Rain Forests of Eastern Africa

Biogeography and Ecology of the Rain Forests of Eastern Africa

by Jon C. Lovett
     
 

Eastern African rain forests are remarkable in their high level of endemism. Miocene uplift of the central African plateau separated these montane and coastal forests from the main Guineo-Congolian forest of west and central Africa. Since then, stable Indian Ocean temperatures maintained a region of high rainfall throughout Pleistocene droughts that devastated forest… See more details below

Overview

Eastern African rain forests are remarkable in their high level of endemism. Miocene uplift of the central African plateau separated these montane and coastal forests from the main Guineo-Congolian forest of west and central Africa. Since then, stable Indian Ocean temperatures maintained a region of high rainfall throughout Pleistocene droughts that devastated forest elsewhere on the continent. Relics of the former Pan-African rain forest survived here, the study of which provides unique insight into tropical evolutionary processes. This book brings together research on the animals, plants and geography of this intriguing residual forest, and highlights the need for effective management practices to conserve its exceptional biodiversity in the face of increasing pressure for land for cultivation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521068987
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
1Introduction to the biogeography and ecology of the rain forests of eastern Africa3
2The geological evolution of East Africa9
3Climatic history and forest distribution in eastern Africa23
4Eastern Arc moist forest flora33
5East African coastal forest botany57
6Biogeography of East African montane forest millipedes103
7The Linyphiid spider fauna (Araneae: Linyphiidae) of mountain forests in the Eastern Arc mountains115
8The montane butterflies of the eastern Afrotropics133
9Herpetofauna of the eastern African forests173
10The zoogeography of the montane forest avifauna of eastern Tanzania203
11Mammals in the forests of eastern Africa229
12Ecology of the Zanzibar red colobus monkey, Colobus badius kirkii (Gray, 1968), in comparison with other red colobines243
13The socioecology of interspecific associations among the monkeys of the Mwanihana rain forest, Tanzania: a biogeographic perspective267
14The conservation of the forest resources of eastern Africa: past influences, present practices and future needs283
Index333

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