Vertical Distribution of Animals in Forest Ecosystems
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2022) | Viewed by 4528
Interests: biodiversity; biodiversity hotspots; global biodiversity database; invasive alien; Insecta; Teleostei (freshwater fishes); Amphibia; Reptilia
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Forest ecosystems are three-dimensional ecosystems where all organisms are distributed, not only along horizontal ecological gradients, but also along the vertical gradient between the forest floor and the tree crowns. For example, many studies have been conducted on the vertical stratification of different orders of insects in tropical forests. They identified certain patterns in their preferences. Many factors acting at the same time effect these patterns. Over the past three decades, scientists have conducted extensive research on the forest canopy. This is a complex world of plants, insects, birds, and mammals in which their interactions have certain rules. However, our knowledge of the vertical stratification of different animals in forests is still poorly understood. This especially applies to temperate forests, where vertical distribution has not yet been sufficiently studied. Many such ecosystems are preserved intact and represent hotspots of insects, birds, and mammals biodiversity. Topics for this Special Issue can include a wide variety of aspects of the biology of individual species and the biodiversity of animals at all levels of the forest ecosystem, except for soil and litter—from undergrowth to canopy. Articles that use new or original methods for studying the vertical distribution of insects in forest ecosystems are especially needed. In addition, articles describing the associative relationships between insects and other groups of animals in the forest canopy are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Alexander B. Ruchin
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- vertical distribution
- vertical stratification
- forest ecosystems
- biodiversity hotspots
- associations between beetles and other insects