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Epiphytes as "filter-drinkers": Life-form changes across a fog gradient

Stanton, Daniel; Horn, Henry

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Harvesting of fog water by epiphytes is biomechanically analogous to filter-feeding by aquatic invertebrates. Increased branchiness, as measured by fractal dimensionality, should reflect greater fog-harvesting ability. We documented changes in epiphytic macrolichens across an altitudinal gradient in fog availability in a coastal shrubland in northern Chile. Fruticose and foliose genera appear to become more abundant with increased fog availability. Fractal dimension of fruticose and foliose...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/72067
Source: The Bryologist
DOI: 10.1639/0007-2745-116.1.034

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