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

By: RL Kitching
431 pages, 99 illus, 103 figs, 59 tabs
Food Webs and Container Habitats
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  • Food Webs and Container Habitats ISBN: 9780521120005 Paperback Sep 2009 Usually dispatched within 6 days
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The animal communities in plant-held water bodies, such as tree holes and pitcher plants, have become models for food-web studies. In this book, Professor Kitching introduces us to these fascinating miniature worlds and demonstrates how they can be used to tackle some of the major questions in community ecology. Based on thirty years' research in many parts of the world, this work presents much previously unpublished information, in addition to summarising over a hundred years of natural history observations by others. The book covers many aspects of the theory of food-web formation and maintenance presented with field-collected information on tree holes, bromeliads, pitcher plants, bamboo containers and the axils of fleshy plants. It is a unique introduction for the field naturalist and a stimulating source treatment for graduate students and professionals working in the fields of tropical and other forest ecology, as well as entomology.


Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I. The Container Flora, Fauna and Environment: 2. The container flora; 3. The container fauna; 4. The container environment; Part II. Methods and Theories: 5. The construction and quantification of foodwebs; 6. Processes structuring foodwebs; Part III. Patterns in Phytotelm Foodwebs: 7. Foodweb variation across geographical regions; 8. Foodweb variation within a continent: the communities of treeholes from Tasmania to Cape Tribulation; 9. Foodweb variation at smaller spatial scales: regional and local variation in treehole and Nepenthes webs; 10. The role of the host plant; 11. Variation through time: seasonality, invasion and reassembly, succession; Part IV. Processes Structuring Foodwebs: 12. Competition and predation - basic forces structuring the community? 13. Stochasticism and determinism: processes structuring foodwebs in phytotelmata; Part V. Synthesis: 14. A foodweb templet; References; Annexe: the phytotelm bestiary.

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By: RL Kitching
431 pages, 99 illus, 103 figs, 59 tabs
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'This is an important referencer work, but one which is nevertheless written in an easy style. It is recommended reading for anyone with an interest in aquatic ecosystems.' The Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation '! well organised and easy to follow, and includes some delightful accounts of the author's field experiences ! a stimulating companion for naturalists and entomologists in the study of compact communities in the field, as well as for serious students of phytotelmatology.' Jiro Kikkawa, Trends in Ecology and Evolution
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