Description

This book 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 alomost every chapter, with a final chapter providing a synthesis on conservation issues. For the first time, Tropical Streams 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)

Readership

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

Details

No. of pages:
370
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2008
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Electronic ISBN:
9780080557175
Print ISBN:
9780120884490

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