In Tropical Forest Ecology, Egbert G. Leigh, Jr., one of the world's foremost tropical ecologists, introduces the reader to the tropical forest, and describes the intricate web of interdependence among the great diversity of tropical plants and animals. Focusing on the tropical forest on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, Leigh shows what Barro Colorado can tell us about other tropical forests--and what tropical forests can tell us about Barro Colorado. This book considers three essential questions for understanding the ecological organization of tropical forests. How do they stay green with their abundance of herbivores? Why do they have such a diversity of plants and animals? And what role does mutualism play in the ecology of tropical forests? Beautifully written and abundantly illustrated, Tropical Forest Ecology, will certainly appeal to a wide variety of scientists in the fields of evolution, tropical biology, botany, zoology, and natural history.Terborgh also assumes that in Manu, big cats eat enough to limit populations of mammalian herbivores. ... of feed to make a pound of beef applies to wild animals, then each year, about 40 kg dry weight of mammals/ha become available for harvest by BCIa#39;s carnivores, about 20 for Manua#39;s. ... If half the ocelots a#39; intake consists of animals weighing agt; 1 kg each, then Manua#39;s cats annually eat about 1 kg ofanbsp;...
|Title||:||Tropical Forest Ecology : A View from Barro Colorado Island|
|Author||:||Egbert Giles Leigh Jr. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press, USA - 1999-02-12|