Tropical Stream Ecology

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David Dudgeon
Elsevier, 2011 M05 4 - 370 páginas
Tropical Stream Ecology describes the main features of tropical streams and their ecology. It covers the major physico-chemical features, important processes such as primary production and organic-matter transformation, as well as the main groups of consumers: invertebrates, fishes and other vertebrates. Information on concepts and paradigms developed in north-temperate latitudes and how they do not match the reality of ecosystems further south is expertly addressed. The pressing matter of conservation of tropical streams and their biodiversity is included in almost every chapter, with a final chapter providing a synthesis on conservation issues. For the first time, Tropical Stream Ecology places an important emphasis on viewing research carried out in contributions from international literature.
  • First synthetic account of the ecology of all types of tropical streams
  • Covers all of the major tropical regions
  • Detailed consideration of possible fundamental differences between tropical and temperate stream ecosystems
  • Threats faced by tropical stream ecosystems and possible conservation actions
  • Descriptions and synstheses life-histories and breeding patterns of major aquatic consumers (fishes, invertebrates)
 

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Chapter 1 Physical and Chemical Features of Tropical Flowing Waters
1
Chapter 2 Primary Production in Tropical Streams and Rivers
23
Chapter 3 Organic Matter Processing in Tropical Streams
43
Composition Life Histories and Production
65
Chapter 5 Fish Ecology in Tropical Streams
107
Chapter 6 Aquatic SemiAquatic and Riparian Vertebrates
147
Chapter 7 Riparian Wetlands of Tropical Streams
199
Chapter 8 Tropical HighAltitude Streams
219
Chapter 9 Are Tropical Streams Ecologically Different from Temperate Streams?
257
Chapter 10 Tropical Stream Conservation
285
Index
305
Colour insert between pages 136 and 137
317
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