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Food Webs and Container Habitats The Natural History and Ecology of Phytotelmata

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ISBN-10: 0521773164

ISBN-13: 9780521773164

Edition: 2000

Authors: R. L. Kitching

List price: $257.00
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The animal communities in plant-held water bodies have become models for food web studies. This work introduces readers to these miniature worlds and demonstrates how they can be used to tackle some of the major questions in community ecology.
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Book details

List price: $257.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/3/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The Container Flora, Fauna and Environment
The container flora
The container fauna
The phytotelm environment
Methods and Theories
The construction and quantification of food webs
Processes structuring food webs
Patterns in Phytotelm Food Webs
Food-web variation across geographical regions
Food-web variation within a continent: the communities of tree-holes from Tasmania to Cape Tribulation
Food-web variation at smaller spatial scales: regional and local variation in tree-hole and Nepenthes webs
The role of the host plant
Variation through time: seasonality, invasion and reassembly, succession
Processes Structuring Food Webs
Competition and predation - basic forces structuring the community?
Stochasticism and determinism: processes structuring fod webs in phytotelmata
Synthesis
A food-web templet
Annexe
References
Index