Small mammal diversity along elevational gradients in the Philippines: an assessment of patterns and hypotheses

Small mammal diversity along elevational gradients in the Philippines: an assessment of patterns... 1 It is widely accepted that tropical lowland rain forest holds the greatest diversity of organisms, and it is often implied that this general pattern is also true for virtually all individual higher‐level taxa. Standardized elevational transect surveys of non‐flying small mammals (Insectivora and Rodentia) on geologically old, species‐rich islands in the Philippines consistently show maximum diversity and relative abundance in upper montane/lower mossy forest at 1500–2200 m, often exceeding lowland species richness and relative abundance by a factor of three or more. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Ecology and Biogeography Wiley

Small mammal diversity along elevational gradients in the Philippines: an assessment of patterns and hypotheses

Global Ecology and Biogeography, Volume 10 (1) – Jan 1, 2001

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2001 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
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1466-822X
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1466-8238
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10.1046/j.1466-822x.2001.00227.x
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Abstract

1 It is widely accepted that tropical lowland rain forest holds the greatest diversity of organisms, and it is often implied that this general pattern is also true for virtually all individual higher‐level taxa. Standardized elevational transect surveys of non‐flying small mammals (Insectivora and Rodentia) on geologically old, species‐rich islands in the Philippines consistently show maximum diversity and relative abundance in upper montane/lower mossy forest at 1500–2200 m, often exceeding lowland species richness and relative abundance by a factor of three or more.

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Global Ecology and BiogeographyWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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