Unpacking the impoverished nature of secondary forests
Article first published online: 7 AUG 2012
© 2012 The Author. Journal of Animal Ecology © 2012 British Ecological Society
Journal of Animal Ecology
Volume 81, Issue 5, pages 937–939, September 2012
How to Cite
Parr, C. L. (2012), Unpacking the impoverished nature of secondary forests. Journal of Animal Ecology, 81: 937–939. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2012.02016.x
- Issue published online: 7 AUG 2012
- Article first published online: 7 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 12 MAY 2012
Klimes, P., Idigel, C., Rimandai, M., Fayle, T.M., Janda, M., Weiblen, G.D. & Novotny, V. (2012) Why are there more arboreal ant species in primary than secondary forests? Journal of Animal Ecology, 81, 1103–1112.
In a world where even documenting species declines in tropical systems is challenging enough, Klimes et al. raise the bar by addressing the deceptively simple, yet inherently complex, question of why species richness is lower in secondary forests. Using the first plot-scale inventory of arboreal ant nests, combined with an innovative rarefaction technique, they quantify the relative importance of a range of successional factors and highlight the contribution of beta diversity to the higher richness in primary forest.