Tropical Forest Ecology: A View from Barro Colorado Island

Tropical Forest Ecology: A View from Barro Colorado Island

Egbert Giles Leigh

Language: English

Pages: 264

ISBN: 0195096037

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

In Tropical Forest Ecology, Egbert G. Leigh, Jr., one of the world's foremost tropical ecologists, introduces readers to the tropical forest and describes the intricate web of interdependence among the great diversity of tropical plants and animals. Focusing on the tropical forest of Barro Colorado Island, Panama, Leigh shows what Barro Colorado can tell us about other tropical forests--and what tropical forests can tell us about Barro Colorado.
This book considers three essential questions for understanding the ecological organization of tropical forests. How do they stay green with their abundance of herbivores? Why do they have such a diversity of plants and animals? And what role does mutualism play in the ecology of tropical forests? Beautifully written and abundantly illustrated, Tropical Forest Ecology will certainly appeal to a wide variety of scientists in the fields of evolution, tropical biology, botany, zoology, and natural history.


















at extracting water from fog—an essential asset for plants at Macuira, with its low rainfall, but not very useful on Pico del Oeste. Pocs (1976) argued that the dense canopy of elfin forest reduces the escape of heat to the atmosphere during clear nights—an advantage at high elevations in Tanzania's Uluguru Mountains, but almost irrelevant for elfin forest in the Luquillos. Cavelier and Goldstein (1989a) argued that elfin forest trees stored water in their leaves so that, during the brief spells

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September, fruits Cebus eat are relatively more abundant. These fruits are of intermediate size and difficulty of handling, but again, most of them art; provided by relatively few large-crowned trees, especially Qaararihea. From October through mid-December, fruit eaten by Cebus is very abundant and scattered over a large number of small-crowned treelets and shrubs such as Faramea occidentalis and Psychotria horizontalis. The fruits of these species are small and easy for baby monkeys to handle.

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localized violent winds that fell i n d i v i d u a l trees and somewater years were 1433, 1335, and 1746 mm, respectively. times destroy a hectare or more of forest (Whitrnore 1984). The agreement is crude, yet remarkable, given the multi- Tree growth is paced in large part by tree death: the freplicity of assumptions. The data required to calculate evapo- quency of windblown tree falls may help pace a forest's transpiration from monthly averages are tabulated for growth. Thunderstorms vary in

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