Tropical Stream Ecology

Tropical Stream Ecology

1st Edition - December 27, 2007

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  • Editor: David Dudgeon
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080557175
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120884490

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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.

Key Features

  • 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)


Freshwater biologists, ecologists, limnologists, water-resource managers, and environmental protection

Table of Contents

  • 1. Physical and Chemical Features of Tropical Flowing Waters
    William M. Lewis, Jr.

    2. Primary Production in Tropical Streams and Rivers
    Peter M. Davies
    Stuart E. Bunn
    Stephen K. Hamilton

    3. Organic-Matter Processing in Tropical Streams
    Karl M. Wantzen
    Catherine. M. Yule
    Jude M. Mathooko
    Catherine M. Pringle

    4. Macroinvertebrates: Composition, Life Histories and Production
    Dean Jacobsen
    Claudia Cressa
    Jude M. Mathooko
    David Dudgeon

    5. Fish Ecology in Tropical Streams
    Kirk O. Winemiller
    Angelo A. Agostinho
    Érica Pellegrini Caramaschi

    6. Aquatic, Semi-Aquatic and Riparian Vertebrates
    Nic Pacini
    David M. Harper

    7. Riparian Wetlands of Tropical Streams
    Karl M. Wantzen
    Catherine. M. Yule
    Klement Tockner
    Wolfgang J. Junk

    8. Tropical High-Altitude Streams
    Dean Jacobsen

    9. Are Tropical Streams Ecologically Different from Temperate Streams?
    Andrew J. Boulton
    Luz Boyero
    Alan P. Covich
    Michael Dobson
    Richard Pearson

    10. Tropical Stream Conservation
    Alonso Ramírez
    Catherine M. Pringle
    Karl M. Wantzen

Product details

  • No. of pages: 370
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2007
  • Published: December 27, 2007
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080557175
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780120884490

About the Editor

David Dudgeon

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Ecology & Biodiversity, The University of Hong Kong, China

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