Tropical Rain Forests An Ecological and Biogeographical Comparison

ISBN-10: 1444332554

ISBN-13: 9781444332551

Edition: 2nd 2011

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List price: $47.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 1/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

Richard B. Primack is professor of biology at Boston University. He is the author of Essentials of Conservation Biology and A Primer of Conservation Biology and editor-in-chief of the international journal Biological Conservation.

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Acknowledgments
Many Tropical Rain Forests
What are tropical rain forests?
Where are the tropical rain forests?
Rain forest environments
Rain forest histories
Origins of the similarities and differences among rain forests
Many rain forests
Conclusions
Plants: Building Blocks of the Rain Forest
Plant distributions
Rain forest structure
How many plant species?
Widespread plant families
Neotropical rain forests
Asian rain forests
Rain forests in New Guinea and Australia
African rain forests
Madagascan rain forests
Conclusions and future research directions
Primate Communities: A Key to Understanding Biogeography and Ecology
What are primates?
Old World versus New World primates
Primate diets
Primate communities
Primates as seed dispersal agents
Conclusions and future research directions
Carnivores and Plant-eaters
Carnivores
Herbivores of the forest floor
Conclusions and future research directions
Birds: Linkages in the Rain Forest Community
Biogeography
Little, brown, insect-eating birds
Forest frugivores
Fruit size and body size
Flower visitors
Ground-dwellers
Woodpeckers
Birds of prey
Scavengers
Night birds
Migration
Comparison of bird communities across continents
Conclusions and future research directions
Fruit Bats and Gliding Animals in the Forest Canopy
Fruit- and nectar-feeding bats
Flying behavior
Foraging behavior
Bats as pollinators and seed dispersal agents
Gliding vertebrates
Conclusions and future research directions
Insects: Diverse, Abundant, and Ecologically Important
Butterflies
Ants
Termites
Bees
Conclusions and future research directions
Island Rain Forests
Pacific islands
Evolution on islands
Indian Ocean islands
Atlantic islands
Caribbean islands
Natural disasters
Human impacts
Conclusions and future research directions
The Future of Tropical Rain Forests
Different forests, different threats
The major threats
The forces behind the threats
Global climate change
Saving the many rain forests
Conclusions and future research directions
References
Index
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