[Mastwatch] Mastwatch database

Ferry Slik ferryslik at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 25 22:56:18 PDT 2011

Dear Peter,

Yes, that would make a nice project, plotting phenology and distribution of the species on a complete time calibrated Dipterocarp phylogeny! Has anyone attempted that already?


Ferry Slik
Plant Geography Lab
 Tropical Botanical Garden
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Yunnan 666303, China
Tel. +86-15924688380



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 and Mallotus of Borneo

> From: pashton at oeb.harvard.edu
> To: chuck.cannon at gmail.com; sepilokdata at gmail.com
> Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 13:38:40 -0400
> CC: mastwatch at lists.phylodiversity.net
> Subject: Re: [Mastwatch] Mastwatch database
> Hi Chuck,
> You will be aware that molecular phylogenetics has shown that Sorea is not a natural genus (though there is no morphological or anatomical character to date which can distinguish the two clades separated by Hopea and Neobalanocarpus, so eventually some idiot will doubtless raise the sections). Parashorea is basal to all the red meranti sections, and unlike them several of its species extend to seasonal Indo-Burma, where they do not experience mass flowering. Dryobalanops on the other hand is fairly basal in the whole Shoreae clade, yet is confined to perhumid Sunda though Miocene fossil records are claimed for India. Yet Dr. aromatica is well known to flower out of mast years, and I have seen individuals of others do the same more often than most Sunda dipts (D. crinitus and S. multiflora, and the riparian species also do). I have not noticed S. xanthophylla, though. 
> Peter
> ________________________________________
> From: mastwatch-bounces at lists.phylodiversity.net [mastwatch-bounces at lists.phylodiversity.net] On Behalf Of Chuck Cannon [chuck.cannon at gmail.com]
> Sent: Monday, August 22, 2011 6:04 PM
> To: Colin Maycock
> Cc: mastwatch at lists.phylodiversity.net
> Subject: Re: [Mastwatch] Mastwatch database
> Colin,
> > In terms of understanding Dipt reproductive biology - in Sepilok there
> > is a small group species that regularly flower in a big way outside of
> > GF - in particular Parashorea tomentella & P. malaanonan, Shorea
> > xanthophylla and Dipterocarpus grandiflorus (although only Parashorea
> > successfully recruits outside of GF). I'm not sure whether this is
> > natural or a consequence of Sepilok being a fragment - so would be
> > keen to see if this pattern is seen in other areas and whether it is
> > more common in smaller reserves.
> interesting, given that Parashorea [[Shorea?  no, Parashorea?  No!
> Shorea!]] is the one in China, where no GF occurs.  Perhaps the one
> recruiting successfully in Sepilok outside of GF is a reinvasion of
> Borneo?  There is a clear Indochinese Lithocarpus invader into Borneo.
> The dominant Dryobalanops around GP (D. beccarianus? I've forgot) always
> seemed gregarious and more frequently fruiting than other dipts but
> those are just casual observations.  Their distribution was also patchy
> - completely absent from the western side of GP while being abundant
> north and to the east.
> Chuck
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