publication . Master thesis . 2010

Effect of Tree-Fall Gaps on Fruit-Feeding Nymphalidae Assemblages in a Peruvian Rainforest

Pardonnet, Sylvia;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2010
  • Publisher: Linköpings universitet, Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi
  • Country: Sweden
Tropical rainforests are among the most complex and diverse ecosystems, composed of a mosaic of shady understory under the closed canopy and tree-fall gaps of varying sizes and age. The light reaching the forest floor favors the recruitment of fast growing plant species and provide food resources for other animal species including butterflies. The Nymphalidae are the most species rich butterfly family in the tropics, and are ideal bioindicators. We investigated the effect of the tree-fall gaps on the assemblages of fruit feeding Nymphalidae. We used fruit-bait traps in 15 tree-fall gaps from 100 to 1000 m2 and 15 in undisturbed understory, from July until Novemb...
free text keywords: Intermediate disturbances, Gap dynamics, Amazonian Lepidoptera, NATURAL SCIENCES, NATURVETENSKAP
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