Arthropods of tropical forests: spatio-temporal dynamics and resource use in the canopy.

Arthropods of tropical forests: spatio-temporal dynamics and resource use in the canopy. Yves Basset.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Large octavo, paperback, line drawings.

This book is a comprehensive review of the ecology of tropical rainforest insects and spiders. 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 focuses 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.

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