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Assessing the potential influence of vascular epiphytes on arthropod diversity in tropical tree crowns: hypotheses, approaches, and preliminary data

, : Assessing the potential influence of vascular epiphytes on arthropod diversity in tropical tree crowns: hypotheses, approaches, and preliminary data. Selbyana, 202: 276-283

The canopies of tropical forests harbour a large proportion of global biodiversity. The largest fraction of this diversity is comprised of arthropods. For establishment and maintenance of such faunal diversity, vascular epiphytes may play an important role by substantially increasing the structural heterogeneity of the canopy habitat, providing resources for herbivores, and mitigating microclimatic extremes.


DOI: 10.2307/41760033

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