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Virtual Issues from Biotropica
Published: May 2013
Primates are the most charismatic and among the most threatened of mammals, and are declining due to habitat loss, land use intensification and hunting. Apart from the concern for their conservation, it is also possible that ecological processes mediated by them, principally seed dispersal, could have knock-on effects on plant populations and forest composition. But are primates as vulnerable to forest disturbance as is often supposed? This Virtual Issue indicates that primates are somewhat adaptable and able to persist in degraded or fragmented forests, often by diversifying their food sources. Good news for primate conservation perhaps, but there is much to learn to improve land management for the benefit of primate populations.
Frugivory and Seed Dispersal by Brown Lemurs in a Malagasy Tropical Dry Forest
Read it because... In Malagasy forests, the frugivorous species of Lemuridae are the largest-bodied seed dispersers. The author demonstrates key roles of brown lemurs — such as dispersal of large amount of seeds and large-sized seeds, improvement of seed germination, and a strong mutualism with an endemic large-seeded plant.
The Impact of Forest Disturbance on the Seasonal Foraging Ecology of a Critically Endangered African Primate
Claire E. Bracebridge, Tim R. Davenport and Stuart J. Marsden
Read it because... The dietary adaptability of the kipunji to seasonally fluctuating forest resources may buffer it against the impact of forest disturbance and ecological stress, including climate change. The authors show how understanding the importance of the major food species can help inform conservation strategies for species facing similar environmental threats.
Differences in Diet Between Spider Monkey Groups Living in Forest Fragments and Continuous Forest in Mexico
Oscar M. Chaves, Kathryn E. Stoner, and Víctor Arroyo-Rodríguez
Read it because... The authors found that food availability for spider monkeys was lower in fragments than in continuous forest. As result, monkeys in fragments diversified their diet, increased consumption of leaves, and reduced the time they spent feeding on trees in favor of more time feeding on figs and palms.
Pileated Gibbon Density in Relation to Habitat Characteristics and Post-logging Forest Recovery
Read it because... Pileated gibbon densities depend on mature and undisturbed evergreen forest. Gibbons can persist in disturbed areas if the forest is protected, but recovery to previous densities may take decades. The authors suggest that this is due to the slow pace of forest regeneration and/or poor recovery potential of gibbons.
The Abundance of Large Ateline Monkeys is Positively Associated with the Diversity of Plants Regenerating in Neotropical Forests
Pablo R. Stevenson
Read it because... This study demonstrates the importance of large Neotropical primates in seed dispersal processes by showing that a low abundance, or absence, of these primates is associated with lower diversity of plants in the regeneration phase.
The Long-term Impact of Timber Harvesting on the Resource Base of Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park, Uganda
Kevin B. Potts
Read it because... Commercial logging is often considered incompatible with the survival of forest-dwelling primates. The author demonstrates that although logging operations in the 1960s in Kibale National Park, Uganda removed important dietary species for chimpanzees, critical subsistence resources were largely unaffected. The density of chimpanzees at logged sites in Kibale has remained stable over time.
Low Primate Diversity and Abundance in Northern Amazonia and its Implications for Conservation
Antonio Rossano Mendes Pontes
Read it because... Large areas of the Rio Negro basin in Amazonia are covered by continuous tracts of tropical forest, which seem suitable for primate species, but are virtually empty. The author suggests understanding this has important implications for the design of conservation reserves.
Dynamics in Hurricane Prone Forests
Published: September 2012
This virtual issue compiles studies from around the world on cyclone impacts on forests and their species to provide insights about the vulnerability and potential recovery of these forests. We would do well to understand forest vulnerability to, and recovery from, cyclones. This is particularly because some commentators perceive increasing frequency and severity of tropical storms as a direct result of climate change, although others are more circumspect. Forests also now have to cope not only with natural disturbances, to which they are often well adapted, but also to habitat fragmentation, invasive species and fires, all of which interact with natural disturbances and lead to a very uncertain forest future.
The Impact of Cyclone Fanele on a Tropical Dry Forest in Madagascar
Lewis RJ & Bannar-Martin KH
Impact of Hurricane Dean (2007) on Game Species of the Selva Maya, Mexico
Ramirez-Barajas PJ, Islebe GA, & Calme S
Effects of Hurricanes on Rare Plant Demography in Fire-Controlled Ecosystems
Menges ES, Weekley CW, Clarke GL, & Smith SA
Zonation Patterns of Belizean Offshore Mangrove Forests 41 Years After a Catastrophic Hurricane
Piou C, Feller IC, Berger U, & Chi F
Variation in Susceptibility to Hurricane Damage as a Function of Storm Intensity in Puerto Rican Tree Species
Canham CD, Thompson J, Zimmerman JK, & Uriarte M
Published: August 2011
Biotropica celebrates the International Year of Biodiversity
Published: May 2010
Momentum drives the crash: Mass extinction in the tropics
Barry W. Brook, Corey J. A. Bradshaw, Lian Pin Koh, Navjot S. Sodhi
Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Anthropogenic Forest Disturbance on Southeast Asia's Biotas
Navjot S. Sodhi, Tien Ming Lee, Lian Pin Koh, Barry W. Brook
Phylogenetic Age is Positively Correlated with Sensitivity to Timber Harvest in Bornean Mammals
Erik Meijaard, Douglas Sheil, Andrew J. Marshall, Robert Nasi
Edge-effects Drive Tropical Forest Fragments Towards an Early-Successional System
Marcelo Tabarelli, Ariadna V. Lopes, Carlos A. Peres
Climate Change Enhances the Potential Impact of Infectious Disease and Harvest on Tropical Waterfowl
Lochran W. Traill, Corey J. A. Bradshaw, Hume E. Field, Barry W. Brook
Secondary Rain Forests are not Havens for Reptile Species in Tropical Mexico
V0237ctor H. Luja, Salvador Herrando-P0233rez, David Gonz0225lez-Sol0237s, Luca Luiselli
Decline of Mammal Species Diversity Along the Yungas Forest of Argentina
Ricardo A. Ojeda, Rub0233n M. Barquez, Jutta Stadler, Roland Brandl
The Relationship between Local Abundance and Distribution of Rain Forest Trees across Environmental Gradients in India
Priya Davidar, B. Rajagopal, M. Arjunan, Jean Philippe Puyravaud
Invasive Exotic Plants in the Tropical Pacific Islands: Patterns of Diversity
Julie S. Denslow, James C. Space, Philip A. Thomas
Game Vertebrate Densities in Hunted and Nonhunted Forest Sites in Manu National Park, Peru
Whaldener Endo, Carlos A. Peres, Edith Salas, Sandra Mori, Jose-Luis Sanchez-Vega, Glenn H. Shepard, Victor Pacheco, Douglas W. Yu
Biological Monitoring in the Amazon: Recent Progress and Future Needs
Gon0231alo Ferraz, Carlos E. Marinelli, Thomas E. Lovejoy
Conservation of Vascular Epiphyte Diversity in Shade Cacao Plantations in the Choc0243 Region of Ecuador
Xavier Haro-Carri0243n, Tannya Lozada, Hugo Navarrete, G. H. J. de Koning
Can Homegardens Conserve Biodiversity in Bangladesh?
Md. Enamul Kabir, Edward L. Webb
Bird Community Composition in a Shaded Coffee Agro-ecological Matrix in Puebla, Mexico: The Effects of Landscape Heterogeneity at Multiple Spatial Scales
Eur0237dice Leyequi0233n, W.F. de Boer, V0237ctor M. Toledo
Rapid Recovery of Biomass, Species Richness, and Species Composition in a Forest Chronosequence in Northeastern Costa Rica
Susan G. Letcher, Robin L. Chazdon
Beyond Reserves: A Research Agenda for Conserving Biodiversity in Human-modified Tropical Landscapes
Robin L. Chazdon, Celia A. Harvey, Oliver Komar, Daniel M. Griffith, Bruce G. Ferguson, Miguel Mart0237nez-Ramos, Helda Morales, Ronald Nigh, Lorena Soto-Pinto, Michiel van Breugel, Stacy M. Philpott
The Future of Tropical Forest Species
S. Joseph Wright, Helene C. Muller-Landau