A comparison of alpha and beta diversity patterns of ferns, bryophytes and macrolichens in tropical montane forests of southern Ecuador

@article{Mandl2010ACO,
  title={A comparison of alpha and beta diversity patterns of ferns, bryophytes and macrolichens in tropical montane forests of southern Ecuador},
  author={Nicole Mandl and Marcus Lehnert and Michael Kessler and S Robbert Gradstein},
  journal={Biodiversity and Conservation},
  year={2010},
  volume={19},
  pages={2359-2369}
}
We present a first comparison of patterns of alpha and beta diversity of ferns, mosses, liverworts and macrolichens in neotropical montane rainforests, and explore the question whether specific taxa may be used as surrogates for others. In three localities in southern Ecuador, we surveyed terrestrial and epiphytic species assemblages in ridge and slope forests in 28 plots of 400 m² each. The epiphytic habitat was significantly richer in ferns, liverworts, and macrolichens than the terrestrial… CONTINUE READING

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