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

Edited by Yves Basset, Roger Kitching, Scott Miller, Vojtech Novotny 
Cambridge University Press  2003  

Hardback  492 pp, 97diags, 2 illus, 84 tabs, 99 figs  ISBN 9780521820004      £110.00

Softcover  492 pp  ISBN 9780521087841      £52.00
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 focusses 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.

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