publication . Other literature type . Article . 2014

Odd man out: why are there fewer plant species in African rain forests?

Thomas L. P. Couvreur;
  • Published: 13 Dec 2014
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
  • Country: Sri Lanka
Abstract
Although tropical rain forests represent the most species-rich terrestrial ecosystem on the planet, the three main rain forest regions (Neotropics, South-East Asia and continental Africa) are not equally diverse. Africa has been labeled the “odd man out” because of its perceived lower species diversity when compared to the Neotropics or South-East Asia. Understanding why, within a biome, certain regions have higher or lower species diversity provides important insights into the evolution of biodiversity. I review the evidence in favor of an “odd man out” pattern and the different hypotheses that have been advanced to explain and test this pattern using recent ec...
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free text keywords: Odd man out, Neotropics, South-East Asia, Diversification rates, Extinction, Fossil record, Biogeography, Palms, Plant Science, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Diversification (marketing strategy), Species diversity, Biodiversity, Biome, Ecology, Rainforest, Terrestrial ecosystem, Botany, Biology
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publication . Other literature type . Article . 2014

Odd man out: why are there fewer plant species in African rain forests?

Thomas L. P. Couvreur;