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

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 3, 2000 - Science - 431 pages
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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 Based on thirty years' research in many parts of the world, this work presents much previously unpublished information, in addition to summarising over a hundred years of natural history observations by others.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.
  

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Contents

The container flora fauna and environment
15
Methods and theories
91
Patterns in phytotelm food webs
137
Processes structuring food webs
253
Synthesis
291
References
385
Index
419
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