Diversity of Herbivorous Insects and Ecosystem Processes

  • Thomas M. Lewinsohn
  • Peter W. Price
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 121)


Most general accounts of savanna ecology give little consideration to phytophagous animals (Walter 1971; Schnell 1973; Goodland and Ferri 1979; Sarmiento 1984). The major exception, of course, are African ungulate herbivores, whose impact on savanna and grassland ecosystems has received some attention (McNaughton 1976; Sinclair 1983). Plant-eating insects, on the other hand, are hardly mentioned except as pollinators (Cole 1986).


Ecosystem Process Herbivorous Insect Seed Disperser Ecosystem Property Insect Diversity 
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