Dry zone forests of Fiji: species composition, life history traits, and conservation

Keppel, Gunnar and Tuiwawa, Marika V. (2007) Dry zone forests of Fiji: species composition, life history traits, and conservation. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 45 4: 545-563.

Author Keppel, Gunnar
Tuiwawa, Marika V.
Title Dry zone forests of Fiji: species composition, life history traits, and conservation
Journal name New Zealand Journal of Botany   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0028-825X
Publication date 2007-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 45
Issue 4
Start page 545
End page 563
Total pages 9
Place of publication Wellington, New Zealand
Publisher Royal Society of New Zealand, Scientific and Industrial Research Publishing
Language eng
Subject 0607 Plant Biology
Abstract Species composition and life history traits of trees in native forests in the dry zone of Fiji were investigated. Areas receiving less than 2500 mm yr-1 of rain and covered with native forest were identified using maps, aerial photographs, estimated climate (WorldClim), and field reconaissance. Ten forest remnants were identified and species lists and data on natural history and disturbance were compiled. Cluster analysis and DECORANA identified two principal forest types, moist forest (MF) and tropical dry forest (TDF), each defined by unique climate, species composition, and tree life history characteristics. TDF (reported for the first time from Fiji) has a pronounced dry season (5 consecutive months with <100 mm rainfall each) and several deciduous canopy species. MF lacks a pronounced dry season and has few deciduous species. The amount and variability of rainfall seem to influence the type of forest in a particular location and disturbance is negatively correlated with precipitation. TDF are probably Fiji’s most endangered ecosystems.
Keyword climate
mesic forest
moist forest
natural history
talasiga grassland
tropical dry forest
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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