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Elevational changes in a neotropical Fig (Ficus spp.) community in North Western Ecuador

S Shanee (1)   , MR Peck (2)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 1, Issue 2, Pages 104-106 (2008)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor0462-0010104
Published: May 20, 2008 - Copyright © 2008 SISEF

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Differences in primary production levels at high elevations sites have a direct impact on the numbers, and types, of fauna that areas of tropical forest can support. We investigated the effects of increasing elevation on a Neotropical fig (Ficus spp.) community in the Andean Choco region of Ecuador. Results show that there is a significant reduction in mean density of fig trees (p = 0.01), likewise mean basal area decreases with increasing elevation (p < 0.05). Causes are suggested and the possible consequences of this on frugivores is discussed.


Choco, Cloud Forest, DBH, Frugivore, Los Cedros Biological Reserve

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S Shanee
Neotropical Primate Conservation, 36D Brondesbury Villas, London (United Kingdom)
MR Peck
University of Sussex, Brighton (United Kingdom).

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Shanee S, Peck MR (2008). Elevational changes in a neotropical Fig (Ficus spp.) community in North Western Ecuador. iForest 1: 104-106. - doi: 10.3832/ifor0462-0010104

Paper history

Received: Aug 09, 2007
Accepted: Mar 05, 2008

First online: May 20, 2008
Publication Date: May 20, 2008
Publication Time: 2.53 months

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