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Author (up) Dejean, A.; Petitclerc, F.; Azémar, F.; Pélozuelo, L.; Talaga, S.; Leponce, M.; Compin, A. doi  openurl
  Title Aquatic life in Neotropical rainforest canopies: Techniques using artificial phytotelmata to study the invertebrate communities inhabiting therein Type Journal Article
  Year 2018 Publication Comptes Rendus – Biologies Abbreviated Journal Comptes Rendus – Biologies  
  Volume 341 Issue 1 Pages 20-27  
  Keywords Artificial phytotelmata; Epiphytes; French Guiana; Invertebrate diversity; Neotropical rainforests  
  Abstract In Neotropical rainforest canopies, phytotelmata (“plant-held waters”) shelter diverse aquatic macroinvertebrate communities, including vectors of animal diseases. Studying these communities is difficult because phytotelmata are widely dispersed, hard to find from the ground and often inaccessible. We propose here a method for placing in tree crowns “artificial phytotelmata” whose size and shape can be tailored to different research targets. The efficacy of this method was shown while comparing the patterns of community diversity of three forest formations. We noted a difference between a riparian forest and a rainforest, whereas trees alongside a dirt road cutting through that rainforest corresponded to a subset of the latter. Because rarefied species richness was significantly lower when the phytotelmata were left for three weeks rather than for six or nine weeks, we recommend leaving the phytotelmata for twelve weeks to permit predators and phoretic species to fully establish themselves.  
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  Notes Export Date: 28 February 2018 Approved no  
  Call Number EcoFoG @ webmaster @ Dejean_etal2018 Serial 795  
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