Ecology of tropical butterflies in rainforest gaps

  title={Ecology of tropical butterflies in rainforest gaps},
  author={Joachim Hill and Kenneth Hamer and Joseph Tangah and Muhammad Dawood},
Tropical forest gaps are ephemeral and patchily distributed within forest areas and have very different light environments compared with closed-canopy forest. We used fruit-baited traps to investigate if gaps are exploited by more opportunistic butterfly species compared with closed-canopy forest. Gaps supported a higher diversity of butterflies in terms of species evenness but closed-canopy sites contained species with more restricted geographical distributions. There was little similarity… CONTINUE READING
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