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Nouragues : Dynamics and Plant-Animal Interactions in a Neotropical Rainforest - Frans Bongers


Dynamics and Plant-Animal Interactions in a Neotropical Rainforest

By: Frans Bongers (Editor), Pierre Charles-Dominique (Editor), P-M Forget (Editor), Marc Thery (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 30th November 2001
ISBN: 9781402001239
Number Of Pages: 428

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Nouragues is a tropical forest research station in French Guiana. It was established in 1986 for research on natural mechanisms of forest regeneration. Since then a lot of research has been done on this and related topics.
This book provides an overview of the main research results, and focuses on plant communities, vertebrate communities and evolutionary ecology, frugivory and seed dispersal, and forest dynamics and recruitment.
The appendices give (annoted) checklists of plants, birds, mammals, herpetofauna and fishes found in the same area.

Editors Prefacep. xiii
The field stationp. 1
Geography and climatep. 9
Scales of ambient light variationp. 19
Plant Communities
The lowland high rainforest: structure and tree species diversityp. 31
The low forest (Nouragues Inselberg)p. 47
Plant communities on a granitic outcropp. 65
Palaeoclimates and their consequences on forest compositionp. 79
Vertebrate Communities and Evolutionary Ecology
Diet and population densities of the primate community in relation to fruit suppliesp. 89
Comparative positional behaviour of five primatesp. 103
The bat communityp. 115
The marsupial communityp. 121
The avian community: an overview of species composition and guild structurep. 129
The adaptive significance of flocking in tropical understorey forest birds: the field evidencep. 143
Habitat selection, ambient light and colour patterns in some lek-displaying birdsp. 161
Distribution and life histories of amphibians and reptilesp. 167
Fishes of the Arataye river and their space-time organizationp. 185
Frugivory and Seed Dispersal
Relationships between seed dispersal and behavioural ecologyp. 191
Frugivory and seed dispersal by three neotropical primates: impact on plant regenerationp. 197
Frugivory and seed dispersal by batsp. 207
Frugivory and seed dispersal by Kinkajousp. 217
Frugivory and seed dispersal by terrestrial mammalsp. 227
Vegetarian species in the bird community with an emphasis on frugivory and seed dispersalp. 233
Forest Dynamics and Recruitment
Tree-falls and canopy gaps: patterns of natural disturbancep. 243
The dispersal and recruitment of Cyclanthaceae and Philodendron (Araceae) understorey root-climbing vinesp. 251
Post-dispersal seed removal in four frugivore-dispersed tree speciesp. 265
Scatterhoarding and tree regenerationp. 275
Effects of tree height and light availability on plant traits at different organisation levelsp. 289
Floristic Checklist of the Nouragues areap. 301
Practical guide to the palmsp. 343
Mammals of the Nouragues and Lower Arataye areasp. 351
Bird species (from Nouragues inselberg to Arataye River)p. 357
Amphibian and reptile species at the Nouragues Nature Reservep. 371
Fishes of the Arataye riverp. 381
Referencesp. 385
Indexp. 417
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ISBN: 9781402001239
ISBN-10: 1402001231
Series: Monographiae Biologicae
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 428
Published: 30th November 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 16.36  x 3.12
Weight (kg): 0.79