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By Egbert G. Leigh

The tropical wooded area of Panama's Barro Colorado Island is a luxuriant neighborhood of vegetation and animals, pulsating with lifestyles and providing an remarkable view of nature's myriad strategies. What does the wooded area appear like? How do the actions of this forest's vegetation and animals create a group? Now, in A Magic net, photographer Christian Ziegler and ecologist Egbert Leigh invite readers to go into the remarkable international of Barro Colorado Island. This e-book offers a different blend of the stunning images of a picture-book and transparent, authoritative textual content written via an energetic scientist who has spent part a life-time attempting to comprehend tropical forests. the images supply perspectives of the woodland and its amazing range of population, and express a few of the actions that provide the wooded area its personality and lend constitution to its group. Drawing on a long time of labor on Barro Colorado Island, Egbert Leigh explains how the wooded area works. the pictures and textual content exhibit the various methods its vegetation and animals compete with but in addition depend upon one another: the contrasts among solitary cats and intricately geared up armies of ants; the various methods vegetation fight for a spot within the sunlight, and the methods those crops allure, or cultivate, animals to pollinate their flora. ultimately, the authors exhibit why this, and by way of implication all different, tropical forests topic to the folk who reside close to them and to the realm at huge, what we will be able to research from those forests, and the way they fluctuate from temperate-zone forests. jam-packed with stunning full-color pictures observed through transparent and available textual content, A Magic net is a needs to for a person making plans to go to a tropical woodland, and for all those that basically want they can.

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22) and bats specialized to suck nectar from flowers. Similarly, the continual availability of leaves provides livings for leaf-eating sloths in the trees (fig. 23), browsing tapirs on the ground, hordes of herbivorous insects (larval and adult beetles [fig. 25], caterpillars of butterflies and moths, most of whose adults live on flower nectar, sap-sucking aphids, cicadas, leafhoppers, and so forth [fig. 24]), and multitudes of bats, birds, spiders, wasps, robberflies, assassin-bugs, and the like to eat the leaf-eating insects.

13 PREVIOUS PAGES: Howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) are by far the most common monkey species on Barro Colorado; there are some thirteen hundred of them. Their impressive roars are among the most characteristic and memorable sounds of the island's forest (fig. 14). RIGHT: A rare sighting at night. Ocelots (Felis pardalis) are top predators. This male is strolling near a fruiting tree, where a good meal, such as a paca or opossum, may come within reach. 15 What Is Special about Tropical Forests?

2 ticular food it depends on, so a given range of foods Bat Species in Different Feeding Guilds, at Different Sites supports more species. Hawkers of Flying Insects Barro Colorado Indiana Eastern Germany 32 10 11 11 2 6 Gleaners of Walking Prey, Mostly Insects Carnivores 2 0 0 Vampires 2 0 0 Fruit and Nectar Eaters 25 0 0 Total (All Species Combined) 72 12 17 21 50 m A M A G I C WEB PeM Prej^ure and Tree Diversity Why are there so many kinds of tropical trees? All green plants use light to transform carbon dioxide and water into sugar and oxygen, and all trees do so in the same way.

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