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Species Composition of the Forest

  • Rainer Wirth
  • Hubert Herz
  • Ronald J. Ryel
  • Wolfram Beyschlag
  • Bert Hölldobler
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 164)

Abstract

One of the most striking features of tropical forests is their extraordinary species diversity (MacArthur 1969; Gentry 1982). The diversity of tropical trees supports a remarkable diversity of vertebrate and insect herbivores that have been shown to inflict a more intense pest pressure than in temperate settings (Landsberg and Ohmart 1989; Coley and Barone 1996). As a consequence, both discussions on plant diversity influencing (e.g., Erwin and Scott 1980) and being influenced by herbivore diversity (e.g., Janzen 1970; Connell 1971) have been of far-reaching importance in tropical ecology (for reviews see Crawley 1997; Leigh 1999).

Keywords

Study Plot Mature Forest Floristic Diversity Trunk Diameter 22liana Species 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rainer Wirth
    • 1
  • Hubert Herz
    • 2
  • Ronald J. Ryel
    • 3
  • Wolfram Beyschlag
    • 4
  • Bert Hölldobler
    • 2
  1. 1.Fachbereich Biologie, Lehrstuhl für Allgemeine BotanikUniversität KaiserslauternKaiserlauternGermany
  2. 2.Theodor-Boveri-Institut für Biowissenschaften, Lehrstuhl für Verhaltensphysiologie und Soziobiologie (Zoologie II)Universität WürzburgWürzburgGermany
  3. 3.Department of Forest, Range and Wildlife SciencesUtah State UniversityLoganUSA
  4. 4.Lehrstuhl für experimentelle Ökologie und ÖkosystembiologieUniversität Bielefeld W4-107BielefeldGermany

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