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Species loss in fragments of tropical rain forest: a review of the evidence.
A review of the literature shows that in nearly all cases tropical rain forest fragmentation has led to a local loss of species, with animals that are large, sparsely or patchily distributed, or very specialized and intolerant of the vegetation surrounding fragments, particularly prone to local extinction.
Sclerophylly: primarily protective?
Critical examination of the data available indicates that the anatomical features typical of sclerophylls serve a fundamentally protective function, which is significant for water conservation, nutrient conservation or the prevention of damage.
The Ecology of Trees in the Tropical Rain Forest
The emphasis is on comparative ecology, an approach that can help to identify possible adaptive trends and evolutionary constraints and that may also lead to a workable ecological classification for tree species, conceptually simplifying the rainforest community and making it more amenable to analysis.
Leaf fracture toughness and sclerophylly: their correlations and ecological implications
The high correlation between fracture toughness and the index of sclerophylly for a large sample suggests that leaf toughness could be the factor used as a proximate cue for determining food quality in herbivore foraging strategies.
Mechanical Defences to Herbivory
The effectiveness of toughness in preventing herbivory is indisputable, but largely indirect due to confusion over a false equivalence between nutritional ‘fibre content’ and toughness.
Tree species richness in primary and old secondary tropical forest in Singapore
It is concluded that secondary forest cannot be assumed to accrete biodiversity rapidly in the tropics, and may not be of direct value in conservation, however, other indirect roles, such as providing resources for native animals, and buffering and protecting primary forest fragments may make the protection of secondary forest worthwhile.
A catalogue of the vascular plants of Malaya.
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A Century of Plant Species Loss from an Isolated Fragment of Lowland Tropical Rain Forest
It is concluded that tiny fragments will act as refuges for tropical rain-forest plant species for decades, possibly even centuries after isolation but on their own they will not provide a permanent guarantee of the conservation of tropical biodiversity.