Tropical forests are not flat: how mountains affect herbivore diversity.

  title={Tropical forests are not flat: how mountains affect herbivore diversity.},
  author={Genoveva Rodr{\'i}guez-Casta{\~n}eda and Lee A Dyer and Gunnar Brehm and Heidi Connahs and Rebecca E. Forkner and Thomas R. Walla},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  volume={13 11},
Ecologists debate whether tropical insect diversity is better explained by higher plant diversity or by host plant species specialization. However, plant-herbivore studies are primarily based in lowland rainforests (RF) thus excluding topographical effects on biodiversity. We examined turnover in Eois (Geometridae) communities across elevation by studying elevational transects in Costa Rica and Ecuador. We found four distinct Eois communities existing across the elevational gradients. Herbivore… CONTINUE READING
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