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The biology of African savannahs

Author: Bryan Shorrocks
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Series: Biology of habitats.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Savannahs form a rich mosaic of diverse ecosystems, and The Biology of the African Savannah offers an introduction to their ecology. It describes the major plants and animals that live in this habitat, and examines the biological and ecological factors that influence their populations size, interactions, and community composition. The book also discusses conservation issues such as climate change, hunting, and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bryan Shorrocks
ISBN: 9780198570660 019857066X 9780198570653 0198570651
OCLC Number: 137331432
Description: x, 268 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Savannahs --
Distribution world-wide --
African savannahs --
2. The vegetation --
Rainfall, plant biomass, and the grass-tree mixture --
Morphology and life history --
Grasses --
Trees --
Local vegetation patterns : the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem --
3. The animals --
The insects --
The birds --
The mammals --
4. Single species populations --
Estimating numbers --
What changes numbers? --
Population models --
Other species, in other areas --
5. Species interactions --
Predator-prey type interaction (+ --
) --
Competitive interactions ( --
) --
Mutualistic interactions (+ +) --
6. The savannah community and its conservation --
Energy flow and food webs --
Assembly rules --
Island biogeography --
Conserving savannah ecosystems --
References --
Index.
Series Title: Biology of habitats.
Responsibility: Bryan Shorrocks.
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Savannahs are tropical and subtropical grasslands with scattered bushes and trees, and comprise about 20% of the earth's land surface. This book looks at the major plants and animals that live in  Read more...

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