The New Neotropical Companion

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Princeton University Press, 2017 M02 21 - 448 páginas
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The acclaimed guide to the ecology and natural history of the American tropics—now fully updated and expanded

The New Neotropical Companion is the completely revised and expanded edition of a book that has helped thousands of people to understand the complex ecology and natural history of the most species-rich area on Earth, the American tropics. Featuring stunning color photos throughout, it is a sweeping and cutting-edge account of tropical ecology that includes not only tropical rain forests but also other ecosystems such as cloud forests, rivers, savannas, and mountains. This is the only guide to the American tropics that is all-inclusive, encompassing the entire region's ecology and the amazing relationships among species rather than focusing just on species identification.

The New Neotropical Companion is a book unlike any other. Here, you will learn how to recognize distinctive ecological patterns of rain forests and other habitats and to interpret how these remarkable ecosystems function—everything is explained in clear and engaging prose free of jargon. You will also be introduced to the region's astonishing plant and animal life.

Informative and entertaining, The New Neotropical Companion is a pleasurable escape for armchair naturalists, and visitors to the American tropics will want to refer to this book before, during, and after their trip.

  • Covers all of tropical America
  • Describes the species and habitats most likely to be observed by visitors
  • Includes every major ecosystem, from lowland rain forests to the high Andes
  • Features a wealth of color photos of habitats, plants, and animals
 

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Preface
9
Acknowledgments
11
How to Use This Book
12
Chapter 1 Welcome to the Torrid Zone
15
Chapter 2 Why It Is Hot Humid and Rainy in the Tropics
29
The Realm of the Plants
39
Chapter 4 Finding Animals in Rain Forest
58
Chapter 5 Sun Plus Rain Equals Rain Forest
73
More Coevolution More Complexity
181
Chapter 12 Cruising the Rivers to the Sea
205
Chapter 13 Scaling the Andes
235
Chapter 14 Dont Miss the Savannas and Dry Forests
250
The Bustling Crowd
262
Endless Eccentricities
319
Chapter 17 Human Ecology in the Tropics
365
Chapter 18 The Future of the Neotropics
377

Soils and Cycling
81
Chapter 7 If a Tree Falls Rain Forest Disturbance Dynamics
95
Chapter 8 Evolutionary Cornucopia
113
Chapter 9 Why Are There So Many Species?
134
Mutualism and Coevolution
155
Be Sure to Read This
389
Further Reading
392
Index
417
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John Kricher is professor of biology at Wheaton College. His many books include Tropical Ecology, The Balance of Nature: Ecology's Enduring Myth, and Galápagos: A Natural History (all Princeton).

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