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A land region with a high concentration of trees, which is divided into an overstory (canopy or upper tree layer) and an understory of vegetation, which is further divided into a shrub layer, herb layer and, depending on the ecosystem, also a moss layer.
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an extensive wood or tract of wooded country.
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For woody vegetation 20 plots (5 x 5 m) were randomly distributed along the scrub, and 15 plots (10 x 10 m) along the montane forest. In the scrub, all individuals presenting circumference at soil height (CSH) [greater than or equal to] 3 cm were sampled, while in the montane forest sampling was performed of all individuals presenting circumference at 1.30 m from the soil (CBH) [greater than or equal to] 10 cm.
Tropical rainforests are considered among the most diverse ecosystems for mammals (Ceballos and Ehrlich, 2006; Kier et al., 2009), and in Peru the Lowland Rainforest, Montane Forest, and Pacific Tropical Rainforest contain between 9 and 11 species of CITES carnivores.
Retention of inorganic by epiphytic bryophytes in a tropical montane forest. Biotropica, 37:328-336.
Lehnert., in yungas montane forests, between 590-1900 m.
Montane forests, especially cloud forests, throughout Central America are fragile habitats important in maintaining necessary protection of watersheds and habitat for the flora and fauna they contain (Doumenge et al., 1995).
(2013), in a low montane forest located also in Quindio, reported over 60 days decomposition percentages below 30% by using Juglans neotropica leaf litter.
Biogeography and biology of bark and ambrosia beetles (Coleoptera: Scolytidae and Platypodidae) of a mesic montane forest in Mexico, with an annotated checklist of species.
Many other biological expeditions followed on the Peruvian montane forest, resulting on the discovery of several new frog species (Duellman and Chaparro 2008), especially on the vicinity of Yanachaga-Chemillen National Park (YCNP), in the province of Pasco.
Last year, Burton Lim led a biodiversity survey to the tepui Tafelberg Mountain in Suriname to investigate differences in small mammal species diversity in montane forest compared to the surrounding lowland rainforest.
The first quantitative data on arboreal Oonopidae of the Afrotropical region were provided by Sorensen (2004), who reported that oonopids accounted for almost 17% of the canopy spiders in a Tanzanian montane forest. In the present study, similarly high abundances are recorded from lowland rainforests and even from savannahs.