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Biogeography and Ecology of the Rain Forests of Eastern Africa

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S. K. Wasser, J. C. Lovett, C. J. Griffiths, W. D. Hawthorne, R. L. Hoffman, N. Scharff, R. De Jong, C. E. Congdon, K. M. Howell, S. N. Stuart, J. Kingdon, K. M. Howell, F. A. Omari, S. K. Wasser, W. A. Rodgers
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  • Date Published: July 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521068987

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  • Eastern African rain forests are remarkable in their high level of endemism. Miocene uplift of the central African plateau separated these montane and coastal forests from the main Guineo-Congolian forest of west and central Africa. Since then, stable Indian Ocean temperatures maintained a region of high rainfall throughout Pleistocene droughts that devastated forest elsewhere on the continent. Relics of the former Pan-African rain forest survived here, the study of which provides a unique insight into tropical evolutionary processes. This book brings together research on the animals, plants and geography of this intriguing residual forest, and highlights the need for effective management practices to conserve its exceptional biodiversity in the face of increasing pressure for land for cultivation.

    • A comprehensive synthesis of the recent research on this ecologically fascinating area
    • Studies of these forests increase our understanding of tropical evolutionary processes on a global scale
    • Outstanding line-up of authors all of whom are established authorities in their particular fields
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    Review of the hardback: ' … an extremely useful reference for students of African bio-geography.' Journal of Animal Ecology

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    • Date Published: July 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521068987
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 37 b/w illus. 50 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Overview of the biogeography and ecology of the rain forests of eastern Africa S. K. Wasser and J. C. Lovett
    2. The geological evolution of east Africa C. J. Griffiths
    3. Climatic history and forest distribution in eastern Africa J. C. Lovett
    Part II. Forest Flora of Eastern Africa:
    4. Eastern Arc moist forest flora J. C. Lovett
    5. East African coastal forest botany W. D. Hawthorne
    Part III. Forest Fauna of Eastern Africa:
    6. Biogeography of the east African montane forest millipedes R. L. Hoffman
    7. The lynyphiid fauna (araneae: lynyphiidae) of the forests in the Eastern Arc mountains N. Scharff
    8. The montane butterflies of eastern Africa R. De Jong and C. E. Congdon
    9. Herpetofauna of the eastern African forests K. M. Howell
    10. The zoogeography of the montane forest avifauna of Eastern Tanzania S. N. Stuart
    11. Mammals in the forests of eastern Africa J. Kingdon and K. M. Howell
    12. Ecology of the Zanzibar Red Colobus Monkey, Colobus badius kirkii (Gray, 1968), in comparison with other red colobines F. A. Omari
    13. The socioecology of interspecific associations among the monkeys of the Mwanihana rain forest, Tanzania: a biogeographic perspective S. K. Wasser
    Part IV. Conservation:
    14. The conservation of the forest resources of eastern Africa: past influences, present practices and future needs W. A. Rodgers.

  • Editors

    Jon C. Lovett, University of Copenhagen

    Samuel K. Wasser, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

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    S. K. Wasser, J. C. Lovett, C. J. Griffiths, W. D. Hawthorne, R. L. Hoffman, N. Scharff, R. De Jong, C. E. Congdon, K. M. Howell, S. N. Stuart, J. Kingdon, K. M. Howell, F. A. Omari, S. K. Wasser, W. A. Rodgers

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