Biodiversity of Pantepui - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128155912

Biodiversity of Pantepui

1st Edition

The Pristine "Lost World" of the Neotropical Guiana Highlands

Editors: Valentí Rull Teresa Vegas-Vilarrúbia Otto Huber Celsa Señaris
Paperback ISBN: 9780128155912
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st July 2019
Page Count: 366
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Biodiversity of Pantepui: The Pristine "Lost World" of the Neotropical Guiana Highlands provides the most updated and comprehensive knowledge on the biota, origin and evolution of the Pantepui biogeographical province. It synthesizes historical information and recent discoveries, covering the main biogeographic patterns, evolutionary trends and conservational efforts. Written by international experts on the biodiversity of this pristine land, this book explores the environmental and biogeographical factors, along with the characteristics that make Pantepui a unique natural laboratory to study the origin and evolution of neotropical biodiversity using only natural drivers.

The book covers organisms living in this tepui, including vascular plants, invertebrates, birds, reptiles, and mammals, with later sections delving into the effects of global warming on Pantepui and current conservational efforts to combat these threats.

This book will be an important resource for researchers, ecologists and conservationists who not only want to understand the biodiversity and history of this pristine land, but also help to help conserve and protect it from environmental and human damages.

Key Features

  • Addresses the biodiversity, history and efforts of the Pantepui province
  • Offers a climactic and ecological history of the region since the Holocene epoch
  • Discusses plant phylogeography, evolution and elevational plant diversity patterns
  • Led by a team of editors whose expertise includes Pantepui paleoecology, neotropics, the Venezuelan Guiana and the Guiana Shield


Researchers and students in disciplines such as biodiversity, ecology, evolution, biogeography, earth sciences, or conservation

Table of Contents

  1. Physiographical and environmental diversity
    2. Holocene climatic and ecological history
    3. Protista: cyanobacteria, green algae, diatoms
    4. Bryophyta
    5. Vascular plant diversity and phytogeography
    6. Elevational plant diversity patterns
    7. Plant phylogeography and evolution
    8. Vegetation and ecosystems
    9. Invertebrates: insects, scorpions, crabs, snails, vertebrate parasites
    10. Amphibians and reptiles
    11. Birds
    12. Mammals
    13. Threats and conservation status
    14. Potential effects of global warming


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About the Editor

Valentí Rull

Valentí A. Rull is a biologist with a PhD in paleoecology (1990). He is a Tenured Scientist of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) at the Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera, Barcelona. He uses paleocological evidence to study the type and characteristics of biotic responses to environmental shifts, the natural and anthropogenic drivers of ecological change and the role of tectonics and environmental change on the origin of biodiversity. He also works on the contribution of paleoecology to biodiversity conservation. Dr. Rull has conducted his research on several temperate (Pyrenees, Azores Islands), tropical (Andes, Orinoco delta, Maracaibo basin, Gran Sabana, Pantepui) and subtropical (Easter Island) regions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Tenured Scientist, Spanish Council for Scientific Research, Institute of Earth Sciences Jaume Almera, Barcelona

Teresa Vegas-Vilarrúbia

Teresa Vegas-Vilarrúbia obtained her PhD at the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (1989). She worked as Consultant assessing environmental impacts of the Venezuelan oil industry, and as Environmental Researcher and Education Manager of the National Parks System of Venezuela. Since 2002 she has served as faculty member at the University of Barcelona (Spain). Her main research lines are: Biotic responses to rapid climate changes, high-resolution Paleolimnology since the Lateglacial, long-term variations of lake hypoxia/anoxia and effects of global change on aquatic ecosystems. She teaches courses on Epicontinental Waters, Biogeochemistry and Paleoecology at the master level.

Affiliations and Expertise

Aggregate Professor, Department of Evolutive Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, University of Barcelona, Spain

Otto Huber

Otto Huber, born Germany, 24.11.1944, resident in Merano (Italy). MSc in Biological Sciences, University of Rome (Italy) in 1971; Ph.D in Plant Ecology, University of Innsbruck (Austria) in 1976. Lived and worked in Venezuela 1973–2002, and part-time 2003–2010. Main research activities: plant ecology in savanna ecosystems of the Central Venezuelan Llanos; phenology of montane cloud forests of northern Venezuela; flora and vegetation of 56 different tepui summits of Pantepui, Venezuelan Guayana Shield. Professor for Plant Ecology at Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas (1999–2002); Director of Research (1994–98) and Research Associate (2002–10) of the Botanical Institute in Caracas.

Affiliations and Expertise

Scientific Advisor to the President of Fundacion Instituto Botanico de Venezuela, Caracas

Celsa Señaris

Celsa Señaris received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 2001. From 1991-2003 she was the Curator of the Herpetology collection of the La Salle Natural History Museum in Caracas, and she served as Director until 2012. Currently she is a Researcher in the Ecology and Genetics Laboratory at Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas. Her research focuses on the Guianan herpetofauna, studying the systematic and biogeography of the amphibians and reptiles in that region. Also, she has been a Professor in the Universidad Central de Venezuela. She is the Venezuelan Chair of the Amphibian Specialist Group-IUCN.

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher, Ecology and Genetics Laboratory, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas, Venezuela

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