An improved method of canopy fogging was used to sample tree-specific arthropod communities of ten, five and four individuals of three understory tree species of a lowland rain forest in Kinabalu Park, Sabah, Malaysia. The authors evaluate the diversity of Formicidae and Coleoptera to identify indicators of the processes structuring the arthropod communities. In addition, ten of the trees were refogged after six months to analyze the reorganization of communities. The results showed that neither Formicidae nor Coleoptera communities showed predictable patterns in species composition or recolonization dynamics. Although the lack of predictable patterns would seem to be a consequence of a complex dynamic for Formicidae, the species pool for the Coleoptera is so large that thus far no tree-specific patterns have been identified. Communities of both taxa therefore are considered to represent non-equilibrium communities.
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