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The Maracá: The Biodiversity and Environment of an Amazonian Rainforest

Edited By: William Milliken and James Ratter

508 pages, 4 col platesm, b/w photos, illus, figs, tabs

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Feb 1998 | #72455 | ISBN: 0471979171
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About this book

An account of the results of the Royal Geographical Society's scientific survey of Maraca Island in Brazil, one of the richest natural selvas remaining in the world, and of enormous importance for species conservation. The chapters cover the geology, soils, geomorphology, plant, insect, reptile, mammal, bird and aquatic vertebrates to illustrate the biodiversity of this key area. Almost 2,000 species are described (including 1,300 vascular plants). The book will form a lasting reference record of a major scientific achievement.


Contents

The Ilha de Maraca and the Roraima region, Michael J. Eden and Duncan F.M. McGregor;aspects of the geology of the Ilha de Maraca, Jose Mauro Martini; geomorphology of the Ilha de Maraca, Duncan F.M. McGregor and Michael J. Eden; the soils of the Ilha de Maraca, Stephen Nortcliff and Daniel Robison; the vegetation of the Ilha de Maraca, William Milliken and James A. Ratter; further contributions to the botany of the Ilha de Maraca - pteridophytes of the Ilha de Maraca, Peter J. Edwards, a small area of young secondary forest on the Ilha de Maraca - structure and floristics, Robert P. Miller and John Proctor, phenological observations on a Savanna/forest boundary on the Ilha de Maraca, Robert P. Miller et al; primates of the Ilha de Maraca, Andrea P. Nunes et al; white-lipped peccaries and palms on the Ilha de Maraca, Jose M.V. Fragoso; the bats of the Ilha de Maraca, Fif Robinson; small mammals of the Ilha de Maraca, Adrian A. Barnett; birds of the Ilha de Maraca, Jose Maria C. da Silva; the reptilian herpetofauna of the Ilha de Maraca, Mark T. O'Shea; populaton and ecology of the tortoises "geochelone carbonaria" and G. "denticulata" on the Ilha de Maraca, Debra Moskovits; social wasps (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) of the Ilha de Maraca, Anthony Raw; insects of the Ilha de Maraca - biological data on the Passalidae (Coleptera) of the Ilha de Maraca, Paulo F. Buhrnheim et al; pollinators, pollen robbers, nectar thieves and ant guards of "Passifolora Iongiracemosa", Forbes P. Benton; field obersvations on Phoridae (Diptera) associated with ants on the Ilha de Maraca, Forbes P. Benton; an entomological curiosity, Forbes P. Benton; litter-consuming termites on the Ilha de Maraca, Aldemar G. Bandeira; butterflies of the Ilha de Maraca, Olaf H.H. Mielke et al; sandflies (Diptera-Psychodidae) of the Ilha de Maraca, Eloy G. Castellon et al; triatomine bugs on the Ilha de Maraca, Toby V. Barrett; "anopheles" species of the Ilha de Maraca, Ilea Brandao Rodrigues and Wanderli Pedro Tadei; arachnids of the Ilha de Maraca - notes on the spiders of the Ilha de Maraca, Arno Antonio Lise, pseudoscorpions (arachnida) of the Ilha de Maraca, Nair Otaviano Aguiar and Paulo F. Buhrnheim; earthworms of the Ilha de Maraca, Gilberto Righi; the rotifera of shallow waters of the Ilha de Maraca, Walter Koste and Barbara Robertson; biological indicators in the aquatic habitats of the Ilha de Maraca, Cecilia Volkmer-Ribeiro et al; soil properties and plant communities over the eastern sector of the Ilha de Maraca, Peter A. Furley; human occupation on the Ilha de Maraca, John Proctor and Robert P. Miller. Appendices.

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