Forest vegetation across the tropical Pacific: A biogeographically complex region with many analogous environments

  title={Forest vegetation across the tropical Pacific: A biogeographically complex region with many analogous environments},
  author={Dieter Mueller‐Dombois},
  journal={Plant Ecology},
The tropical realm of the Pacific contains many islands with closely similar (analogous) environmental settings. Due to the `filter effect' of the ocean, these are occupied by historically different species assemblages. This results in a unique biogeographic complexity not found in any of the continental tropical regions. The paper presents a hierarchical approach to the study of vegetation in analogous environments with data illustrated by a series of diagrams. It begins with differentiating… 
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