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Distributional Patterns of Epiphytic Ferns are Explained by the Presence of Cryptic Species

Fayle, Tom M and Dumbrell, Alex J and Turner, Edgar C and Foster, William A (2011) 'Distributional Patterns of Epiphytic Ferns are Explained by the Presence of Cryptic Species.' Biotropica, 43 (1). pp. 6-7. ISSN 0006-3606

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In a recent article in this journal Zhang and colleagues investigated the factors affecting the distribution of a species of epiphytic fern Asplenium nidus L. in rain forest in Peninsular Malaysia. Here we suggest that their findings may be interpreted in the light of there being two cryptic species present, each with different ecologies, as is the case in Malaysian Borneo. We also discuss the implications of the existence of cryptic species when attempting to conserve forest diversity in the face of climate change and habitat conversion.Abstract in Malay is available at © 2010 The Author(s). Journal compilation © 2010 by The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asplenium nidus; Asplenium phyllitidis; bird's nest fern; climate change; habitat conversion; microclimate; vertical stratification
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2011 15:27
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:24

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