Tropical Rain Forests: An Ecological and Biogeographical Comparison
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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1. Many Tropical Rainforests.
What are tropical rainforests?.
Where are the tropical rainforests?.
The origns of the similarities and differences.
2. Plants: The Building Blocks of the Rainforest.
How many plant species?.
Widespread plant families.
Rainforests in New Guinea and Australia.
3. Primate Communities: A Key to Understanding Biogeography and Ecology.
What are primates?.
Old World versus New World primates.
Primates as seed dispersal agents.
4. Carnivores and Plant Eaters.
Herbivores of the forest floor.
5. Birds: Linkages in the Rainforest Community.
Little, brown, insect-eating birds.
Fruit size and body size.
Birds of prey.
A comparison of bird communities across continents.
6. Bats and Gliding Animals in the Tree Canopy.
Fruit- and nectar-feeding bats.
Bats as pollinators and seed dispersal agents.
Fruit bat conservation.
7. Insects: Diverse, Abundant, and Ecologically Important.
8. The Future of Rainforests.
Different forests, different threats.
The major threats.
The forces behind the threats.
Global climate change.
How bad is it?.