The ecology of large herbivores in South and Southeast Asia / Farshid S. Ahrestani, Mahesh Sankaran, editors.

  • Dordrecht : Springer Science+Business Media, [2016]
  • ©2016
viii, 257 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm.


Summary note
"This book presents, for the first time, a collection of studies on the ecology of the rich and diverse large herbivore assemblages of South and Southeast Asia. Written by experts on herbivores of the region, it covers a comprehensive range of topics, including their evolutionary history, behaviour, nutrition, population ecology, patterns of diversity across environmental gradients, roles as seed dispersers and regulators of plant growth and community composition, and their conservation in the face of hunting and global change. Large terrestrial mammalian herbivores play critical roles in ecosystems, serving as regulators of energy and nutrient cycles, modulators of plant community composition and grassland-woodland transitions, agents of seed dispersal, and as prey for large carnivores. Though large herbivores represent a prominent component of mammalian assemblages throughout South and Southeast Asia, today little is known about their roles in the regions' ecosystems."
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
  • Introduction: The large herbivores of South and Southeast Asia: a prominent but neglected guild / Farshid S. Ahrestani and Mahesh Sankaran
  • Evolutionary history of the large herbivores of South and Southeast Asia (Indomalayan Realm) / Faysal Bibi and Grégoire Métais
  • Species richness and size distribution of large herbivores in the Himalaya / Charudutt Mishra, Yash Veer Bhatnagar and Kulbhushansingh R. Suryawanshi
  • Grazing and browsing by large herbivores in South and Southeast Asia / Farshid S. Ahrestani, Ignas M.A. Heitkönig, Hisashi Matsubayashi and Herbert H.T. Prins
  • Frugivory and seed dispersal by large herbivores of Asia / Sachin Sridhara, Kim McConkey, Soumya Prasad and Richard T. Corlett
  • Behavioural ecology of a grassland antelope, the blackbuck Antilope cervicapra: linking habitat, ecology and behavior / Yadvendradev V. Jhala and Kavita Isvaran
  • Do large herbivores influence plant allocation to above- and belowground compartments? / Sumanta Bagchi
  • Grazing and fire effects on community and ecosystem processes in a tall-grass mesic savanna ecosystem in southern India / Mahesh Sankaran
  • Density and activity patterns of the globally significant large herbivore populations of Cambodia's eastern plains landscape / Thomas N.E. Gray, Sovanna Prum and Channa Phan
  • Persistence of tropical Asian ungulates in the face of hunting and climate change / Alys Granados and Jedediah F. Brodie
  • The ecology of large herbivores of South and Southeast Asia: synthesis and future directions / Mahesh Sankaran and Farshid S. Ahrestani.
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