Skip to main content
    • Aa
    • Aa
  • Get access
    Check if you have access via personal or institutional login
  • Cited by 7
  • Cited by
    This article has been cited by the following publications. This list is generated based on data provided by CrossRef.

    Gillman, Len N. 2016. Seedling mortality from litterfall increases with decreasing latitude. Ecology, Vol. 97, Issue. 2, p. 530.

    Beck, Harald Snodgrass, Joel W. and Thebpanya, Paporn 2013. Long-term exclosure of large terrestrial vertebrates: Implications of defaunation for seedling demographics in the Amazon rainforest. Biological Conservation, Vol. 163, p. 115.

    Brocardo, Carlos R. Zipparro, Valesca B. de Lima, Renato A.F. Guevara, Roger and Galetti, Mauro 2013. No changes in seedling recruitment when terrestrial mammals are excluded in a partially defaunated Atlantic rainforest. Biological Conservation, Vol. 163, p. 107.

    Reider, Kelsey E. Carson, Walter P. and Donnelly, Maureen A. 2013. Effects of collared peccary (Pecari tajacu) exclusion on leaf litter amphibians and reptiles in a Neotropical wet forest, Costa Rica. Biological Conservation, Vol. 163, p. 90.

    Romero, Andrea O'Neill, Brian J. Timm, Robert M. Gerow, Kenneth G. and McClearn, Deedra 2013. Group dynamics, behavior, and current and historical abundance of peccaries in Costa Rica's Caribbean lowlands. Journal of Mammalogy, Vol. 94, Issue. 4, p. 771.

    Eiserhardt, W. L. Svenning, J.-C. Kissling, W. D. and Balslev, H. 2011. Geographical ecology of the palms (Arecaceae): determinants of diversity and distributions across spatial scales. Annals of Botany, Vol. 108, Issue. 8, p. 1391.

    Alvarez-Clare, Silvia and Kitajima, Kaoru 2009. Susceptibility of Tree Seedlings to Biotic and Abiotic Hazards in the Understory of a Moist Tropical Forest in Panama. Biotropica, Vol. 41, Issue. 1, p. 47.


Synergistic impacts of ungulates and falling palm fronds on saplings in the Amazon

  • Harald Beck (a1)
  • DOI:
  • Published online: 01 August 2007

Most seedlings and saplings remain in the forest understorey for decades before becoming adults or dying, and thus may be exposed to various sources of physical disturbance (Clark & Clark 1991, 2001). Because tree species vary in their ability to recover after physical damage (Gillman et al. 2003, Guariguata 1998), this damage can act as an ecological filter and influence the juvenile community structure and species composition (Peters et al. 2004). Studies have demonstrated the occurrence and magnitude of stem breakage in juveniles caused by falling branches and other canopy debris (Clark & Clark 1989, 1991; Gillman & Ogden 2001, Scariot 2000). Surprisingly, little is known about the magnitude and ecological consequences of physical damage to juvenile plants by mammals, particularly large ungulates, including herbivory, trampling and uprooting (Gillman & Ogden 2003, Roldán & Simonetti 2001).

Corresponding author
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Journal of Tropical Ecology
  • ISSN: 0266-4674
  • EISSN: 1469-7831
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-tropical-ecology
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *