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Food webs and container habitats : the natural history and ecology of phytotelmata

Author: R L Kitching
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 miniature worlds and demonstrates how they can be used to tackle some of the major questions in community ecology. It is an introduction for the field naturalist, and a stimulating source treatment for graduate students and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R L Kitching
ISBN: 0521773164 9780521773164
OCLC Number: 45195665
Description: xiii, 431 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
pt. I. The container flora, fauna and environment --
2. The container flora --
3. The container fauna --
4. The phytotelm environment --
pt. II. Methods and theories --
5. The construction and quantification of food webs --
6. Processes structuring food webs --
pt. 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 --
pt. IV. Processes structuring food webs --
12. Competition and predation --
basic forces structuring the community? --
13. Stochasticism and determinism: processes structuring food webs in phytotelmata --
pt. V. Synthesis --
14. A food-web templet --
Annexe: The phytotelm bestiary.
Responsibility: R.L. Kitching.
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