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Small Mammal Communities in Upland and Floodplain Forests along an Amazonian White Water River

Jay R. Malcolm, James L. Patton and Maria Nazareth F. da Silva

in Mammalian Diversification

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780520098534
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916098 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520098534.003.0011
Small Mammal Communities in Upland and Floodplain Forests along an Amazonian White Water River

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This chapter examines the non-volant small mammal communities in floodplain and upland forest along the Juruá River, a white-water tributary in the western part of the Amazon Basin. It compares small mammal community composition and abundance and richness between upland and floodplain forests, and analyzes the correlations between small mammal community structure and various measurements of forest physiognomy. The chapter suggests that the Jutaí Arch of the river may have served as a barrier separating small mammal populations in the former upstream and downstream subsidence basins.

Keywords: small mammal communities; floodplain forest; upland forest; Juáru River; forest physiognomy; Jutaí Arch

Chapter.  12971 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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