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The Ornaments of Life: Coevolution and Conservation in the Tropics

Theodore H. Fleming and W. John Kress

Abstract

The average kilometer of tropical rainforest is teeming with life; it contains thousands of species of plants and animals. As this book reveals, many of the most colorful and eye-catching rainforest inhabitants—toucans, monkeys, leaf-nosed bats, and hummingbirds to name a few—are an important component of the infrastructure that supports life in the forest. These fruit-and-nectar eating birds and mammals pollinate the flowers and disperse the seeds of hundreds of tropical plants, and unlike temperate communities, much of this greenery relies exclusively on animals for reproduction. Synthesizin ... More

Keywords: tropical rainforest, tropical plants, pollinators, frugivores, conservation, reproduction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226253404
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226023328.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theodore H. Fleming, author

W. John Kress, author