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Alicia Ledo, David F.R.P. Burslem, Sonia Condés and Fernando Montes Micro-scale habitat associations of woody plants in a neotropical cloud forest Journal of Vegetation Science 24

Article first published online: 20 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12023

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We studied tree species-habitat associations within three 1 ha plots in a Peruvian cloud forest. The micro-scale distributions of canopy species were sensitive to topographic conditions, while low stature species were more sensitive to forest structure. We demonstrate that the inclusion of both topographic and forest structure variables in habitat association analyses provides a greater evidence of micro-habitat partitioning than analyses incorporating either set of variables in isolation. We conclude that micro-scale habitat associations contribute to the maintenance of species richness in this neotropical montane forest.

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