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Drivers of tree diversity in tropical rain forests: new insights from a comparison between littoral and hilly landscapes of Central Africa

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Our aim was to document African rain forest tree diversity patterns to test whether they support one of the following hypotheses: the structure of tree species diversity is at equilibrium and mostly driven by neutral processes (H0); the structure of tree species diversity results from Pleistocene forest cover dynamics (H1); or the structure of tree species diversity results from ecological sorting along environmental gradients (H2).
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Keywords: Alpha diversity; Gabon; Massif du Chaillu; Monts de Cristal; Pleistocene refuges; beta diversity; effective number; environmental filtering; gamma diversity; littoral forests

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2014

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