Using Growth Forms to Predict Epiphytic Lichen Abundance in a Wide Variety of Forest Types
AbstractEpiphytic richness is continuously declining due to forest fragmentation, logging, burning, agriculture, and livestock. The rate of species loss caused by habitat degradation and loss is more pronounced in Central and South America. Considering the extreme difficulty and time required to identify the more inconspicuous species, rapid diversity assessment methods need to be extrapolated throughout the world. This study correlated lichen growth forms and total epiphytic abundance across 119 forests located in Europe and Central-South America. A total of 54 papers were selected from specific databases focused on lichens. Additionally, data from several unpublished ecological studies were included. Linear regression models showed that epiphytic lichen abundance was highly and positively correlated with the number of growth forms at all geographical levels considered (i.e., Central-South American and European forests, and the combination of both). Thus, the use of growth forms may provide an alternative and complementary way to evaluate epiphytic diversity because most growth forms have cosmopolitan distribution and are easily recognizable. View Full-Text
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Aragón, G.; Martínez, I.; Hurtado, P.; Benítez, Á.; Rodríguez, C.; Prieto, M. Using Growth Forms to Predict Epiphytic Lichen Abundance in a Wide Variety of Forest Types. Diversity 2019, 11, 51.
Aragón G, Martínez I, Hurtado P, Benítez Á, Rodríguez C, Prieto M. Using Growth Forms to Predict Epiphytic Lichen Abundance in a Wide Variety of Forest Types. Diversity. 2019; 11(4):51.Chicago/Turabian Style
Aragón, Gregorio; Martínez, Isabel; Hurtado, Pilar; Benítez, Ángel; Rodríguez, Clara; Prieto, María. 2019. "Using Growth Forms to Predict Epiphytic Lichen Abundance in a Wide Variety of Forest Types." Diversity 11, no. 4: 51.
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