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Observations on the fauna that visit African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata Beauv.) forests in Puerto RicoAuthor(s): Oscar J. Abelleira Martinez
Source: Acta Cientifica. 22(1-3): 37-42.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: International Institute of Tropical Forestry
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DescriptionDiurnal field observations in secondary forests dominated by the introduced African tulip tree (Spathodea campanulata) in Puerto Rico show a faunal assemblage that consists mostly of native species (81.1 percent). The most abundant species were common birds and reptiles, yet some uncommon fauna appear to be visiting or residing in these forests. The observations suggest these forests have the potential to provide resources and habitat for uncommon or endangered species. Systematic studies on the fauna associated to these forests are needed, especially for less conspicuous species and those with limited daytime activity such as bats, frogs, and invertebrates.
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CitationAbelleira Martinez, Oscar J. 2008. Observations on the fauna that visit African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata Beauv.) forests in Puerto Rico. Acta Cientifica. 22(1-3): 37-42.
Keywordsintroduced species, novel forests, plant-animal interactions
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- Spathodea campanulata Beauv
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