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Title Caatinga : the largest tropical dry forest region in South America / Jose Maria Cardoso da Silva, Inara R. Leal, Marcelo Tabarelli, editors.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2017.

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Subject Tropical dry forests -- Brazil.
Biodiversity -- Brazil.
Alt Name Silva, José Maria Cardoso da,
Leal, Inara R. (Inara Roberta),
Tabarelli, Marcelo,
Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents Intro; Foreword; Preface; Contents; Contributors; About the Editors; Part I: Introduction; Chapter 1: The Caatinga: Understanding the Challenges; 1.1 Introduction; 1.2 Geographical Boundaries; 1.3 Ecological System; 1.4 Human System; 1.5 Interactions Between Natural and Human Systems; 1.6 The Challenges Ahead; References; Part II: Biodiversity; Chapter 2: Diversity and Evolution of Flowering Plants of the Caatinga Domain; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 Caatinga Vegetation in the Context of Global Biomes; 2.2.1 Minor Biomes within the Caatinga Domain; Tropical Rain Forests. Savannas2.2.1.3 Rupestrian Grasslands; 2.3 Caatinga Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest and Woodlands (SDTFW); 2.3.1 Crystalline Caatinga; 2.3.2 Sedimentary Caatinga; 2.3.3 Tall Deciduous and Semi-Deciduous Caatinga Forests; 2.3.4 Special Environments within the Caatinga SDTFW Biome; Rocky Outcrops; Aquatic Plant Communities; 2.3.5 Plant Diversity and Endemism in the Caatinga SDTFW; 2.4 Origin and Evolution of SDTFW Plant Lineages in the Caatinga; 2.4.1 Did Evolutionary Processes Shape the Phylogenetic Patterns of the Caatinga Plant Lineages Equally?
2.5 ConclusionsReferences; Chapter 3: Ants of the Caatinga: Diversity, Biogeography, and Functional Responses to Anthropogenic Disturbance and Climate Change; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 The Caatinga Ant Fauna; 3.3 Functional Composition; 3.4 Responses to Anthropogenic Disturbance; 3.5 Responses to Climate Change; 3.6 Conclusion; References; Chapter 4: Diversity, Distribution, and Conservation of the Caatinga Fishes: Advances and Challenges; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Aquatic Ecoregions in the Caatinga; 4.3 History of Ichthyology in the Caatinga; 4.4 Advances in Terms of Fish Diversity.
4.5 Distribution Patterns4.6 Conservation; 4.7 Challenges; References; Chapter 5: Ecology, Biogeography, and Conservation of Amphibians of the Caatinga; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Caatinga Amphibians; 5.2.1 Taxonomy; 5.2.2 Ecology; 5.2.3 Biogeography; 5.3 Potential Richness of Caatinga Amphibia; 5.4 Conservation; References; Chapter 6: Species Composition, Biogeography, and Conservation of the Caatinga Lizards; 6.1 Introduction; 6.2 The Origin and Diversification of Caatinga Lizards; 6.3 Species Composition and Distribution Patterns of Caatinga Lizards; 6.3.1 Widely Distributed Species.
6.3.2 Species with Relictual Distribution6.3.3 Species with Limited Distribution in the Caatinga; 6.3.4 Species Related to Paleoquaternary Sandy Dunes from SAo Francisco River; 6.3.5 Species with Distributions Limited to Rocky Outcrops from EspinhaAo Range; 6.3.6 Species from Adjacent Open Regions, Such as Cerrado/Chaco/Tabuleiros and Coastal Restingas; 6.3.7 Species Related to Atlantic Forest and/or Humid Forest Enclaves; 6.4 Richness Gradient of Caatinga Lizard Species; 6.5 Patterns of Species Endemism.
Note Includes index.
Summary This book provides in-depth information on Caatinga's geographical boundaries and ecological systems, including plants, insects, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. It also discusses the major threats to the region's socio-ecological systems and includes chapters on climate change and fast and large-scale land-use changes, as well as slow and small-scale changes, also known as chronic human disturbances. Subsequent chapters address sustainable agriculture, conservation systems, and sustainable development. Lastly, the book proposes 10 major actions that could enable the transformation of Caatinga into a place where people and nature can thrive together. "I consider this book an excellent example of how scientists worldwide can mobilize their efforts to propose sound solutions for one of the biggest challenges of modern times, i.e., how to protect the world's natural ecosystems while improving human well-being. I am sure this book will inspire more research and conservation action in the region and perhaps encourage other groups of scientists to produce similar syntheses about their regions." Russell Mittermeier, Ph. D. Executive Vice-Chair, Conservation International.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed January 22, 2018).
ISBN 9783319683393 (electronic bk.)
331968339X (electronic bk.)
9783319683386 (print)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-68339-3
OCLC # 1019678877
Additional Format Printed edition: 9783319683386