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The effect of elevation on species richness in tropical forests depends on the considered lifeform: results from an East African mountain forest

Cirimwani L., Doumenge C., Kahindo J.M., Amani C.. 2019. Tropical Ecology : 12 p..

Elevation gradients in tropical forests have been studied but the analysis of patterns displayed by species richness and elevation have received little attention. We examined whether the effect of elevation on species richness varies according to forest lifeforms and the main plant families in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, within the Albertine Rift. We established 20 1-ha plots from 810 to 2760 m asl. Inside each plot, species inventories were carried out within three nested sub-plots: the tree lifeform (i.e. species with a dbh???10 cm), the shrub lifeform (dbh?

Mots-clés : forêt protégée; parc national; méthode statistique; inventaire forestier; biodiversité; forêt tropicale; république démocratique du congo

Thématique : Foresterie - Considérations générales; Conservation de la nature et ressources foncières

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