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Effects of landscape patterns on species density and abundance of trees in a tropical subdeciduous forest of the Yucatan Peninsula
JOSE LUIS HERNANDEZ STEFANONI
JUAN MANUEL DUPUY RADA
Acceso Abierto
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DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2008.03.019
 ABUNDANCE
LANDSCAPE METRICS
PIONEER TREE SPECIES
SHADE-TOLERANT SPECIES
SPECIES DENSITY
TROPICAL FOREST SUCCESSION
Most studies of the effects of fragmentation and landscape patterns on plant communities focus on particular patches and on local species richness (α-diversity), while few studies examine different patch-types at the whole landscape level and address effects on abundance and composition of species or functional groups. The present study aims to identify and characterize relationships between patch-type metrics and species density and abundance of trees using four tropical subdeciduous forest landscapes in the Yucatan Peninsula considering the entire landscape as the unit of study. Species density and abundance of different groups of tree species resulting from hierarchical clustering were related to landscape patterns of patch-types (area, edge, shape, similarity and contrast) using regression analysis and Akaike Information Criterion (AIC). The abundance of tree species in the oldest stages of succession was associated with percentage of land of a patch-type. Total area may favor the establishment of shade-tolerant tree species in the study area because as the area of forest patches increases, the area of forest interior conditions also increases. Conversely, the abundance of species at early and intermediate stages was related to total edge contrast and edge density, respectively. Fragmentation increases the proportion of edge zones of a patch-type, creating contrasting microclimate conditions that could promote the establishment of pioneer and light-demanding species. Thus, the combined effect of total area and edge length of a patch-type may enhance total tree species richness in the study area by favoring species with different life-history strategies. The appearance of area, shape, edge and contrast in most of the regression models suggests that some generalization can be made about the effects of spatial geometry of patch-types on species composition and abundance of tropical trees. Understanding associations between landscape metrics and species density and abundance of objectively derived groups or guilds of species can provide important insights on the effects of fragmentation and landscape pattern onthese guilds and on overall α-diversity, as well as guidelines for their conservation and management. 
2008
Artículo
 Forest Ecology and Management, 255(11), 3797-3805, 2008
Inglés
Hernández-Stefanoni, J. L., & Dupuy, J. M. (2008). Effects of landscape patterns on species density and abundance of trees in a tropical subdeciduous forest of the yucatan peninsula. Forest Ecology and Management, 255(11), 3797-3805. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2008.03.019
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