Tropical Ecology and Conservation [Monteverde Institute]

Alternative Title

Diversidad de artrópodos de bromelias en un pastizal regenerativo junto a un bosque montano tropical, Costa Rica



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Publication Date

August 2004


Tank bromeliads (Bromeliaceae, Vriesea sp.) harbor diverse faunal communities. A total of 426 arthropods assigned to 62 different morphospecies were collected and identified to taxonomic order. The composition of bromeliad arthropod fauna was investigated in an open pasture to see whether arthropod diversity or richness correlated with distance from the forest edge. Neither arthropod richness nor diversity was found to significantly correlate with distance from the forest edge. These results are discussed in relation to island biogeography theory and the ecological implications of arthropod diversity are considered.


Las bromelias (Bromeliaceae, Vriesea sp.) dan refugio a comunidades diversas de artrópodos. Un total de 426 artrópodos asignados a 62 diferentes morfoespecies fueron colectados e identificados al orden taxonómico. La composición de artrópodos en bromelias fue investigada en un potrero abierto para ver si la diversidad de artrópodos o riqueza se correlaciona con la distancia del borde del bosque. Ni la riqueza ni la diversidad estuvieron significativamente correlacionadas con la distancia del borde del bosque. Se discuten las observaciones de la diversidad en relación con la teoría de biogeografía de islas y se consideran las implicaciones ecológicas de la diversidad de artrópodos.


Arthropods, Bromeliaceae, Species diversity, CIEE Summer 2004

Palabras claves

Artrópodos, Diversidad de especies, CIEE Verano 2004


5 pages

Geographic Location

Monteverde Biological Station (Costa Rica)

Ubicación geográfica

Estación Biológica de Monteverde (Costa Rica)

Holding Location

Monteverde Institute


English; Spanish

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Digital Only





Bromeliad arthropod diversity in a regenerating pasture adjacent to a tropical montane forest, Costa Rica, August 2004



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