Disturbance effects on diversity of epiphytes and moths in a montane forest in Ecuador

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​Disturbance effects on diversity of epiphytes and moths in a montane forest in Ecuador​
Noeske, N. M.; Hilt, N.; Werner, F. A.; Brehm, G.; Fiedler, K.; Sipman, H. J. M. & Gradstein, R. S​ (2008) 
Basic and Applied Ecology9(1) pp. 4​-12​.​ DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2007.06.014 

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Noeske, Nicole M.; Hilt, Nadine; Werner, Florian A.; Brehm, Gunnar; Fiedler, Konrad; Sipman, Harrie J. M.; Gradstein, Robert S
We sampled the diversity of epiphytes (lichens, bryophytes, vascular plants) and moths (Geometridae, Arctiidae) in mature and recovering forest and in open vegetation in the montane belt in Ecuador. No uniform pattern of change in species richness was detected among the different taxonomic groups with increasing disturbance. Species richness of epiphytic bryophytes and vascular plants declined significantly from mature forest towards open vegetation. In contrast, species richness of epiphytic lichens did not change with increasing forest alteration, while that of geometrid moths was significantly higher in recovering forest compared with mature forest and open habitats. Arctiidae were significantly more species-rich in recovering forest and open vegetation than mature forest. Hence, for some organisms, modified habitats may play an important role for biodiversity conservation in the Andes, whereas others suffer from habitat disturbance. However, trends of changes in species composition following deforestation were surprisingly concordant across most studied epiphyte and moth taxa. (C) 2007 Gesellschaft fur Okologie. Published by Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.
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