Insect herbivory and mangrove leaves in North Queensland

Robertson, A. I. and Duke, N. C. (1987) Insect herbivory and mangrove leaves in North Queensland. Austral Ecology, 12 1: 1-7. doi:10.1111/j.1442-9993.1987.tb00921.x


Author Robertson, A. I.
Duke, N. C.
Title Insect herbivory and mangrove leaves in North Queensland
Journal name Austral Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0307-692X
Publication date 1987-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1442-9993.1987.tb00921.x
Volume 12
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Publisher Ecological Society of Australia
Language eng
Subject 060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
050206 Environmental Monitoring
050102 Ecosystem Function
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Formatted abstract
Estimates of leaf damage by insect herbivores are presented for 25 species of mangrove plants, comprising canopy and understorey species. Leaf area loss was highly variable among the species sampled, with means ranging from 0.3 to 35.0% of expanded leaf area. There was also great variability amongst leaves within species, and the mean coefficient of variation for leaf loss from the 25 species was 266%. Of the 12 species sampled at more than one site in North Queensland, eight exhibited small, but significant, between-site differences in herbivory. In general, it did not appear that height in the canopy influenced herbivory. For the dominant mangrove forest community type at Missionary Bay, an estimated mean of 2.1% of leaf production, or 11 g m-2 per year, entered the direct grazing pathway. This very low figure is compared with estimates from other studies on mangrove forests and estimates from a variety of Australian terrestrial forests.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Centre for Marine Studies Publications
 
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