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    Author(s): Bruce G. Marcot
    Date: 2005
    Source: The Xerces Society. 28(1): 13-17
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
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    One of the entomologically richest, yet least studied, regions of Africa is the interior Congo River Basin. Forests of this region have been called Earth's "second lung" (after the Amazon Basin forests) and harbor an immense diversity of invertebrates. In these tropical rainforests live people of several cultures whose lives and livelihoods are intimately tied to invertebrates, which, in turn, help keep their forest ecosystems healthy.

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    Marcot, Bruce G. 2005. The ecological and cultural functions of invertebrates in the Congo River basin. The Xerces Society. 28(1): 13-17

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