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Biogeographical Patterns of Liana Abundance and Diversity
Ecology of Lianas (2015)
  • Saara J. DeWalt, Clemson University
  • Stefan A. Schnitzer, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Luciana F. Alves, Instituto Ciências agrárias
  • Frans Bongers, Wageningen University and Research Centre
  • Robyn J. Burnham, The University Of Michigan
  • Zhiquan Cai, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Walter P. Carson, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jérôme Chave, CNRS and Université Paul Sabatier
  • George B. Chuyong, University of Buea
  • Flavia R. C. Costa, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
  • Corneille EN Ewango, Wageningen University and Research Centre
  • Rachael V. Gallagher, Macquarie University
  • Jeffrey J. Gerwing, Portland State University
  • Esteban Gortaire Amezcua
  • Terese Hart, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Guillermo Ibarra-Manríquez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Kalan Ickes, Clemson University
  • David Kenfack, Smithsonian Institution Global Earth Observatory
  • Susan G. Letcher, Purchase College
  • Manuel J. Macía, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Jean-Remy Makana, Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Agustina Malizia, Instituto de Ecología Regional
  • Miguel Martínez-Ramos, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Joseph Mascaro, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Chellam Muthumperumal, Madurai Kamaraj University
  • S. Muthuramkumar, V.H.N.S.N. College
  • Anselmo Nogueira, University of São Paulo
  • Marc P. E. Parren, Tropenbos International Congo-Basin Programme
  • Narayanaswamy Parthasarathy, Pondicherry University
  • Diego R Pérez-Salicrup, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Francis E. Putz, University of Florida
  • Hugo G. Romero-Saltos, Yachay Tech University
  • M. Sridhar Reddy, Yogi Vemana University
  • Moses Nsanyi Sainge, Tropical Plant Exploration Group
  • Duncan Thomas, Washington State University
  • Juliano van Melis, University of Campinas
This chapter examines the pantropical patterns of liana abundance and species diversity and their correlates with climatic characteristics to gain insight into which processes are important for the distribution of tropical lianas. The analyses follow from the standard sampling protocol of liana diversity and abundance used by Alwyn Gentry in the 1980s and 1990s. The chapter examines how climatic conditions are associated with liana density and diversity, by analyzing old-growth continental forests at <1050m in elevation and with mean annual precipitation >850mm yr<sup>-1</sup>.To broaden the discussion of determinants of liana density and diversity beyond climatic factors, the authors comment on differences between temperate and tropical forests and between continental and island regions. The chapter focuses on sites in the Global Liana Database (GLD) from temperate forests in Australia, subtropical forest in Argentina, and an island in the Caribbean, and also reviews the available literature.
  • Lianas -- Ecology,
  • Forest ecology,
  • Tropical plants -- Ecology
Publication Date
S. A. Schnitzer, F. Bongers, R. J. Burnham and F. E. Putz
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
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Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Citation Information
DeWalt, S. J., Schnitzer, S. A., Alves, L. F., Bongers, F., Burnham, R. J., Cai, Z., Carson, W. P., Chave, J., Chuyong, G. B., Costa, F. R. C., Ewango, C. E. N., Gallagher, R. V., Gerwing, J. J., Amezcua, E. G., Hart, T., Ibarra-Manríquez, G., Ickes, K., Kenfack, D., Letcher, S. G., Macía, M. J., Makana, J.-R., Malizia, A., Martínez-Ramos, M., Mascaro, J., Muthumperumal, C., Muthuramkumar, S., Nogueira, A., Parren, M. P. E., Parthasarathy, N., Pérez-Salicrup, D. R., Putz, F. E., Romero-Saltos, H. G., Sridhar Reddy, M., Sainge, M. N., Thomas, D. and Melis, J. v. (2015) Biogeographical patterns of liana abundance and diversity, in Ecology of Lianas (eds S. A. Schnitzer, F. Bongers, R. J. Burnham and F. E. Putz), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118392409.ch11