MARACÁ
The Biodiversity & Environment of an
Amazonian Rainforest

editors
William Milliken and James Ratter
John Wiley & Sons
1998

hardback
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xxii+508 pages
with a Foreword by Dr John Hemming, CMG
Director and Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society 1975-1996

 

Publisher's synopsis: This is an account of the results of the R.G.S's scientific survey of Maraca Island in Brazil, one of the richest natural selvas remaining in the world, and of importance for species conservation. The Maraca project of the Royal Geographical Society was a major collaborative project inviting an international group of scientists to record and document the ecological structure of a relatively undisturbed section of Brazilian rainforest. This book presents the scientific results of this work in a series of chapters, which cover the geology, soils, geomorphology, plant, insect, reptile, mammal, bird and aquatic vertebrates to illustrate the biodiversity of this key area. Almost 2000 species are described (including 1300 vascular plants) and the book forms a reference record of a major scientific achievement that should be of importance to all scientists interested in tropical forests. The book details botanical, zoological, entemological, geological, geomorphological and pedeological material.

Maracá The Biodiversity & Environment of an Amazonian Rainforest Edited by William Milliken & James Ratter Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Few tropical ecosystems have been subjected to multi-disciplinary investigations as broad and exhaustive as those carried out on the Ilha de Maracá, a riverine island in the Brazilian Amazon. This diverse and remarkable ecological reserve, in Brazil's northernmost Amazon state of Roraima, includes environments and habitats ranging from rainforests and semi-deciduous forests to natural savannas, lakes, rivers and palm swamps. These have been subjected to an in-depth international scientific study whose primary aim was to undertake one of the most detailed ecological surveys ever conducted in Amazonia. The results of this enormous body of research, involving the collaborative fieldwork of some 200 workers, span the reserve's geology, geomorphology, botany, zoology, phenology, soils, limnology, ecology and historical human occupation. These have been carefully drawn together in this volume in such a manner as to provide not only a coherent and scholarly picture of an unique and fascinating environment, but also an important and enduring source of reference for a broad spectrum of disciplines to the Amazon environment. This book is a timely reminder of the crucial importance of our understanding of rainforest components and their interrelationships, appearing as it does at a period when there is an intense interest in this extremely endangered ecosystem.

 

Mark wrote chapter 12.,
and Appendix 5

Contents:
Foreword
Praface
Acknowledgements

1. The Ilha de Maracá nd the Roraima Region - Michael J.Eden & Duncan F.M.McGregor
2. Aspects of the Geology of the Ilha de Maracá - José Mauro Martini
3. Geomorphology of the Ilha de Maracá - Duncan F.M.McGregor & Michael J.Eden
4. The Soils of the Ilha de Maracá - Stephen Nortcliff & Daniel Robison
5. The Vegetation of the Ilha de Maracá - William Milliken & James A.Ratter
6. Further Contributions to the Botany of the Ilha de Maracá
6a. The pteridophytes of the Ilha de Maracá - Peter J.Edwards
6b. A small area of young secondary forest on the Ilha de Maracá - Robert P.Miller & John Proctor
6c. Phenological observations on a savanna-foret boundary on the Ilha de Maracá - Robert P.Miller, João Ferraz & José L.dos Santos

7. Primates of the Ilha de Maracá - Andrea P.Nunes, José Márcio Ayres, Eduardo S.Martins & José de Sousa e Silva
8. White-lipped peccaries and palms on the Ilha de Maracá - José M.V.Fragoso
9. The Bats of the Ilha de Maracá - Fif Robinson
10. Small Mammals of the Ilha de Maracá - Adrian A.Barnett & Aléxia C.da Cunha
11. Birds of the Ilha de Maracá - José Maria C.da Silva
12. The Reptilian Herpetofauna of the Ilha de Maracá - Mark T.O'Shea
13. Population and Ecology of the Tortoises Geochelone carbonaria and G.denticulata on the Ilha de Maracá - Debra Moskovits
14. The Frogs of the Ilha de Maracá - Márcio Martins
15. Social Wasps (Hymenoptera, Vespidae) of the Ilha de Maracá - Anthony Raw
16. Insects of the Ilha de Maracá. Further Contributions 1: General Entomology
16a. Biological data on the Passalidae (Coleoptera) of the Ilha de Maracá - Paulo F.Bührnheim & Nair Otaviano Aguiar
16b. Pollinators, pollen robbers, nectar thieves nd ant guards of Passiflora longiracemosa - Forbes P.Benton
16c. Field observations on Phoridae (Diptera) ssociated with ants on the Ilha de Maracá - Forbes P.Benton
16d. An entomological curiosity - Forbes P.Benton
16e. Litter-consuming termites on the Ilha de Maracá - Adelmar G.Bandeira
16f. Butterflies of the Ilha de Maracá - Olaf H.H.Mielke & Mirna M.Casagrande

17. Insects of the Ilha de Maracá. Further Contributions 2: Medical Entomology
17a. Sandflies (Diptera: Psychodidae) of the Ilha de Maracá - Eloy G.Castellón, Nelson A.Araújo Filho, Nelson F.Fé & Josette M.C.Alves
17b. Anopheles species of the Ilha de Maracá: Incidence and distribution, ecological aspects and the transmission of malaria
- Ilá Brandão Rodrigues & Wanderli P.Tadei

18. Arachnids of the Ilha de Maracá
18a. Notes on the spiders of the Ilha de Maracá - Arno Antônio Lise
18b. Pseudoscoprions (Arachnida) of the Ilha de Maracá - Nair Otavianao Aguiar & Paulo F.Bührnheim

19. Earthworms of the Ilha de Maracá - Gilberto Righi
20. The Rotifera of Shallow Waters of the Ilha de Maracá - Walter Koste & Barbara Robertson
21. Biological Indictors in the Aquatic Habitats of the Ilha de Maracá - Cecilia Volkmer-Ribeiro, Maria Cristina D.Mansur, Pedro A.S.Mera & Shiela M.Ross
22. Soil Properties and Plant Communities Over the Eastern Sector of the Ilha de Maracá - Peter A.Furley
23. Human Occupation on the Ilha de Maracá: Preliminary Notes - John Proctor & Robert P.Miller

Appendices 1-9
Index

 

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