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

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  • Date Published: January 2005
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  • isbn: 9780511034602

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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 Based on thirty years' research in many parts of the world, this work presents much previously unpublished information, in addition to summarising over a hundred years of natural history observations by others.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.

    • A unique combination of natural history with ecological theory and practice
    • A near complete treatment of an important sets of habitats and their faunas
    • Features exciting areas of current community ecological theory and highlights future research opportunities
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    Review of the hardback: '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

    Review of the hardback: '… 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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    • Date Published: January 2005
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511034602
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

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

  • Author

    R. L. Kitching, Griffith University, Queensland

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