The Importance of Amazonian Floodplain Forests for Animal Biodiversity: Beetles in Canopies of Floodplain and Upland Forests

  • Joachim Adis†
  • Terry L. ErwinEmail author
  • Leandro D. Battirola
  • Suzana M. Ketelhut
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 210)


Thirty-one years ago T.L. Erwin, J. Adis and G.G. Montgomery obtained about 50,000 arthropods by fogging the canopy with natural pyrethrum along transects in four forest types of Central Amazonia. A first study of nearly 5,000 adult Coleoptera specimens indicated a low similarity of beetle species between forest types and a predominance of herbivores (Erwin 1983). This material has now been restudied to allow an ecological comparison in more detail.


Forest Type Herbivore Species Beetle Species Upland Forest Terra Firme 
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Warren E. Steiner Jr. and Gary F. Hevel, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C./USA are heartily thanked for their help received regarding handling and collection management of the beetle material investigated. Prof. Dr. Carlos F. Sperber, Federal University of Viçosa/Brazil, is thanked for statistical advice regarding species patchiness.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim Adis†
    • 1
  • Terry L. Erwin
    • 2
    Email author
  • Leandro D. Battirola
    • 3
  • Suzana M. Ketelhut
    • 4
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for LimnologyPlönGermany
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyNational Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian InstitutionWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Federal University of the Goiás StateGoiâniaBrazil
  4. 4.National Institute of Amazon Research (INPA)ManausBrazil

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