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Burke, A., Esler,K.J., Pienaar, E. and Barnard,P. 2003. Species richness and floristic relationships between mesas and their surroundings in southern Africa Nama Karoo. Diversity and Distributions, 9(1): 43-53


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Species richness and floristic relationships between mesas and their surroundings in southern Africa Nama Karoo.

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Floristic composition of 14 mesas (i.e. flat-top mountains) in four different study areas was investigated in southern African Nama Karoo. The study areas were arranged along a latitude gradient. Two simple questions were asked: are mesas potential conservation islands (a) in terms of re-colonization potential and (b) in terms of species richness? Detailed vegetation surveys along a transect from the plains to the top of each mesa were summarized to obtain species composition for the three main habitats: plain, slopes and plateau. Floristic similarities between plains and mesa habitats were used to answer question (a), and species richness was used to answer question (b). Geographic position, high within-area variability and elevation were found to largely influence the findings, resulting in only few consistent trends. Keywords: arid lands, island biogeography, Namibia.

Year: 2003

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://www.mendeley.com/research/species-richness-and-floristic-relationships-between-mesas-and-their-surroundings-in-southern-african-nama-karoo/


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