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Forest eternal? Endemic butterflies of the Bamenda highlands, Cameroon, avoid close-canopy forest

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    SYSNO ASEP0356183
    Document TypeJ - Journal Article
    R&D Document TypeJournal Article
    Subsidiary JČlánek ve WOS
    TitleForest eternal? Endemic butterflies of the Bamenda highlands, Cameroon, avoid close-canopy forest
    Author(s) Tropek, Robert (BC-A) RID
    Konvička, M. (CZ)
    Number of authors2
    Source TitleAfrican Journal of Ecology - ISSN 0141-6707
    Roč. 48, č. 2 (2010), s. 428-437
    Number of pages10 s.
    Languageeng - English
    CountryUS - United States
    Keywordsafromontane landscape ; conservation ; Lepidoptera
    Subject RIVEH - Ecology, Behaviour
    R&D ProjectsGD206/08/H044 GA ČR - Czech Science Foundation (CSF)
    CEZAV0Z50070508 - ENTU-I, BC-A (2005-2011)
    UT WOS000277320000016
    DOI10.1111/j.1365-2028.2009.01129.x
    AnnotationThe Gulf of Guinea Highlands, a centre of endemism and high conservation importance, represent the only large mountain system in West and Central Africa. We studied habitat use of three common endemic butterflies Colias electo manengoubensis, Bicyclus anisops and Mylothris jacksoni knutsoni, using time-standardized surveys in four distinct habitats: close-canopy forest, scrub and forest edges, bracken and grasslands. All three species avoided close-canopy forests and bracken; the Colias preferring grassland, whereas Bicyclus and Mylothris scrub and forest edges. Ordination analyses of surrounding habitats indicated that all three taxa required heterogeneous landscape mosaics. We argue that the life history traits of taxa with limited geographic distribution may reflect past habitat conditions within their ranges, and that these habitat preferences can indicate the continuous existence of mosaic of forest and nonforest habitats in the West African mountains.
    WorkplaceBiology Centre (since 2006)
    ContactVáclava Lavičková, lavickova@hbu.cas.cz, Tel.: 387 775 889
    Year of Publishing2011