Journal of Tropical Ecology

Short Communication

Severe drought, leafing phenology, leaf damage and lepidopteran abundance in the canopy of a Bornean aseasonal tropical rain forest

Takao Itioka a1c1 and Manabu Yamauti a2
a1 Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan
a2 Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Otsu 520-2113, Japan

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itioka t   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
yamauti m   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 

Rainfall fluctuation influences the physiology and leaf production of the trees in tropical rain forests (Burslem et al. 1996, Condit et al. 1995, Reekie & Wayne 1992, Reich 1995), and consequently it may have an impact on the community of herbivores that depend on forest trees for their food resources (Aide 1988, 1992; Basset 1991, Coley 1998, Lowman 1985, van Schaik et al. 1993).

(Accepted July 28 2003)

Key Words: Borneo; Dipterocarpaceae; El Niño; forest canopy; herbivory damage; insect herbivores; Lambir Hills National Park; leaf-chewing moth larvae; Sarawak; South-East Asia.

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