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Contents Preface Acknowledgments 1 Many tropical tainforests What are tropical rainforests? Where are the tropical rainforests? Rainforest environments Rainforest histories The origns of the similarities and differences Main rainforests Conclusions Further Reading 2 Plants: the building blocks of the rainforest Plant distributions Rainforest structure How many plant species? Widespread plant families Neotropical rainforests Asian rainforests Rainforests in New Guinea and Australia African rainforests Madagascan rainforests Conclusions Further reading 3 Primate communities: a key to understanding biogeography and ecology What are primates? Old World versus New World primates Primate diversity Primate diets Primate communities Primates as seed dispersal agents Conclusions Further reading 4 Carnivores and plant eaters Carnivores Herbivores of the forest floor Conclusions Further reading 5 Birds: linkages in the rainforest community Biogeography Little, brown, insect-eating birds Forest frugivores Fruit size and body size Flower visitors Ground dwellers Woodpeckers Birds of prey Scavengers Night birds Migration A comparison of bird communities across continents Conclusions Further reading 6 Bats and gliding animals in the tree canopy Fruit- and nectar-feeding bats Feeding habits Flying behavior Foraging behavior Bats as pollinators and seed dispersal agents Fruit bat conservation Gliding vertebrates Conclusions Further reading 7 Insects: diverse, abundant, and ecologically important Butterflies Ants Termites Social wasps Bees Conclusions Further reading 8 The future of rainforests Different forests, different threats The major threats The forces behind the threats Global climate change How bad is it? Rainforest extinctions Solutions Conclusions Further reading Bibliography Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Rain forests, Rain forest ecology