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Canopy height explains species richness in the largest clade of Neotropical lianas

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Meyer, L., Diniz‐Filho, J. A. F., Lohmann, L. G., Hortal, J., Barreto, E., Rangel, T., & Kissling, W. D.

2020

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29(1)

26-37

Tall and structurally complex forests can provide ample habitat and niche space for climbing plants, supporting high liana species richness. We test to what extent canopy height (as a proxy of 3‐D habitat structure), climate and soil interact to determine species richness in the largest clade of Neotropical lianas. We expect that the effect of canopy height on species richness is higher for lianas from closed tropical rain forests compared to riparian and savanna habitats.

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The Liana Ecology Project is supported by Marquette University and funded in part by the National Science Foundation.