Hill & Hamer (1998) make the rational contention that species–abundance data relevant to selected invertebrate taxa, such as butterflies, might be used to monitor forest disturbance, but that the issue warrants further research. Nummelin (1998) shows cogently that fit of species–abundance data to the log‐normal distribution to monitor forest disturbance is unlikely to apply universally. The debate is timely since studies of the impact of forest disturbance on invertebrates, particularly tropical insects, have increased substantially during the past 10 years (e.g. Holloway 1977 ; Nummelin & Hanski 1989 ; Verhaagh 1991 ; Holloway, Kirk‐Spriggs & Chey 1992 ; Belshaw & Bolton 1993 ; Schowalter 1994 ; Didham . 1996 ; Eggleton . 1996 ; Nummelin 1996 ; Brown 1997 ; Didham 1997 ; Intachat, Holloway & Speight 1997 ; Malcolm 1997 ; Ozanne . 1997 ; Spitzer . 1997 ; Watt . 1997 ; Holloway 1998 ; Lawton . 1998 ; Rodriguez, Pearson & Barrerea 1998 ). This results both from general concerns about the rapid modification of tropical habitats and the recognition that invertebrates are highly sensitive to such modifications and much more amenable to statistical analyses than vertebrates (e.g. Collins & Thomas 1991 ; Kremen 1992
Journal of Applied Ecology – Wiley
Published: Jun 1, 1998
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