Chapter 4. Amazonian Rainforests and their Richness of Coleoptera, a Dominant Life Form in the Critical Zone of the Neotropics

  1. Robert G. Foottit2 and
  2. Peter H. Adler3
  1. Terry L. Erwin and
  2. Christy J. Geraci

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch4

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

How to Cite

Erwin, T. L. and Geraci, C. J. (2009) Amazonian Rainforests and their Richness of Coleoptera, a Dominant Life Form in the Critical Zone of the Neotropics, in Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society (eds R. G. Foottit and P. H. Adler), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Environmental Health National Program (Biodiversity), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, K. W. Neatby Bldg., 960 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6, Canada

  2. 3

    Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Box 340315, 114 Long Hall, Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0315, USA

Author Information

  1. Smithsonian Institution, Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, Mrc-187, Washington, DC 20560-0001, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 6 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405151429

Online ISBN: 9781444308211

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Keywords:

  • Amazonian rainforests and richness of Coleoptera;
  • enormity of ecosystem-level vortex - complicating efforts to characterize and conserve neotropical arthropods;
  • studying biodiversity patterns in Amazonian forest communities;
  • climatic setting and critical zone establishment;
  • canopy-fogging technique - collecting sheet and fogger;
  • Amazonian insect communities - organized into oligarchies of common taxa, and how oligarchic patterns in canopy are detected;
  • sampling arthropod biodiversity in Amazonian forests;
  • richness of lineages and guilds;
  • morphospecies richness to biodiversity

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Climatic Setting and Critical Zone Establishment

  • Characterization of Typical Lowland Rainforest Composition in the Western Basin

  • Sampling Arthropod Biodiversity in Amazonian Forests

  • Richness of Various Lineages and Guilds

  • General Patterns

  • Morphospecies Richness to Biodiversity

  • Beetles: Life Attributes have Led to Contemporary Hyperdiversity

  • Summary and Guide to Future Research, or ‘Taking a Small Step into the Vortex’

  • Acknowledgments

  • References