Tropical Ecology and Conservation [Monteverde Institute]

Alternative Title

El hábitat y la diversidad de los invertebrados en un bosque nuboso



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Publication Date

May 2007


This study addresses the effects of abiotic conditions on canopy soil macro-invertebrate diversity by examining five Pacific and five Atlantic slope trees near the Biological Station in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Trees were sampled using single rope climbing technique, and macro-invertebrate were separated from soil samples in Berlese funnels the same day of collection. The meta-community, both slopes as one community showed that Coleoptera, Hymenoptera, and Hemiptera:Homoptera are the major taxa present. The two communities failed to show significant differences in their diversity (modified t-test = 1.03, p > 0.05), richness, and evenness from abiotic conditions. Biotic conditions must be the dominating factor controlling species overlap (8 species) between slopes. This is most likely due to interspecific interaction of invertebrates with plants. Random assortment probably controls most of the invertebrate assemblage for each individual tree.


Este estudio analiza los efectos de los factores abióticos en la diversidad de macroinvertebrados del suelo del dosel examinando cinco árboles de la pendiente del pacífico y cinco árboles de la pendiente del atlántico cerca de la Estación Biológica en Monteverde, Costa Rica.


Invertebrates, Environmental impact analysis, Biodiversity, CIEE Spring 2007

Palabras claves

Invertebrados, Análisis de impacto ambiental, Biodiversidad, CIEE Primavera 2007


8 pages

Geographic Location

Monteverde Biological Station (Costa Rica); Cerro Plano (Puntarenas, Costa Rica)

Ubicación geográfica

Estación Biológica de Monteverde (Costa Rica)

Holding Location

Monteverde Institute


English; Spanish

Media Type



Digital Only





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