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Forests and Their Insect Inhabitants

  • Tim R. New
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Abstract

The world’s forests harbour vast numbers of insects and other species not found anywhere else. Defining forests, in view of their great variety of structures and complexity, and describing the major anthropogenic contributions to their loss and change, constitutes a basis for characterising that variety. That information also contributes to assessing the consequences of human impacts on forests for their often highly characteristic insect faunas. This introductory chapter sets out this initial framework, and introduces some key themes to be discussed in more detail later in the book.

Keywords

Deforestation Edge effects Extinctions Forest fragmentation Insect functional groups Insect species richness Logging 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim R. New
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  1. 1.Department of Ecology, Environment & EvolutionLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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