|Title||Lizard ecology in the canopy of an island rain forest|
|Publication Type||Book Chapter|
|Year of Publication||1995|
|Editor||Lowman, MD, Nadkarni, NM|
|Book Title||Forest canopies|
|Publisher||Academic Press, Inc.|
|Keywords||canopy, community, invertebrates, tropical forest|
Information on animals in rain forest canopies consists almost exclusively of data on mammals and birds(Odum and Pigeon, 1970; Whitmore, 1975; Janzen, 1983; Leigh et al., 1985). Although amphibians, such as Wallace's flying frog (Rhacophorus nigropalmatus) and reptiles such as the paradise tree snake (Chrysopelea pelias) and flying dragon (Draco volans) are known to inhabit the upper parts of tropical rain forest, data on their own populations in the canopy are sparse. The primary reasons for this are the difficulties in observing amphibians and reptiles (which are generally small and relatively immobile) more than a few meterabove ground level, and the challenges of conducting studies within the forest canopy.