Temperate Rainforests japan Archapeligo

Climate of the forest in Japanese temperate rainforests:

  • Average rainfall is approximately 10.0 degrees celsius.
  • Min: February - less than 5.0 degrees celsius
  • Max: July- approximately 2.7 degrees celsius
  • Average Temperature:Between 59-77 degrees fahrenheit
  • Min: February - around 37 degrees fahrenheit
  • Max: August- around 82 degrees fahrenheit
  • Seasons in Temperate Rainforests: Winter and Summer
  • Wet Season: Winter
  • Dry Season: Summer

InvasiveSpecies:

Japanese Rat Snake: Can lay between 7 to 20 eggs. The first record of this species was in July 1984. It was most likely introduced deliberately to get rid of agriculture pests such rats and mice.

Endangered Species

Japanese Giant Salamander (CAN GROW UP TO 5 FT) :This SALAMANDER IS THREATENED BY POLLUTION AND HABITAT LOSS. DISTURBANCE IN RIVERS HAS LED TO FEWER NESTING SITES AS WELL AS BLOCKED MIGRATION PATHS.

Japanese golden eagle: DUE TO LACK OF PREY THERE IS A REDUCED BREEDING SUCCESS RATE WHICH IS CAUSING THE JAPANESE GOLDEN EAGLES TO FACE EXTINCTION.

Net Primary Productivity:

  • Temperate Rain Forests have about 6000 Kilo calories/ square meter/ year) while a tropical rainforest has 9000. A regular tropical rainforest has a growing season of frost free nights 365 days a year while a temperate forest has only 120. In a temperate rainforest there is approximately 30-60 inches per year while a tropical rainforest has more than 60 inches of rain per year.
  • Tropical Rainforests are found at high latitudes (northern and southern hemispheres), generally near coastlines, and in very wet conditions (40 to 100 inches or more) and cool as well (average annual temperature of 43- 52̊ F)
  • Tropical rainforests are very unique, as their rich ecotones are among the most productive regions on Earth. Not only are they home to many endangered species, but they also contain some of the largest and oldest trees on the planet.

Soil Quality :

The soil quality in temperate rainforests is usually very moist and rich in nutrients. Although it may not be what you would expect, the soil in temperate forests is actually richer than that of the tropical rainforest. This is because trees in tropical rain forests spread their roots and suck up all the nutrients from the soil. However, temperate forests do not have this problem because they are not biodiverse and do not have developed plants that have that ability.

Most Popular Species in Japanese Temperate Rainforests:

The Black Woodpecker has sharp claws and feet which are well adapted for grabbing onto the side of trees in the rainforests as it searches for food. With the help of it's specially adapted neck containing very strong muscles this woodpecker is also able to feed using its bill to peck on dead trees, digging out ants and wood-boring grubs.

Japanese Black Bear: Asian black bears have powerful upper bodies for climbing trees. The heal pads on their forefeet are larger than those on other bears and their claws are also longer which are also better for climbing. Half of their life is spent in trees and they are the largest arboreal mammals.

Japanese Grass Lizard: Grass lizards have long tails that can wrap around objects to help them move around the forest.

Plants in the Temperate Rainforest Biome(Japan)

Northern Japanese Hemlock: evergreen tree that attains the height of 80ft . It grows in moist soil and prefers shade.

Japanese Cypruss: It grows to be 40 m high. It is rare in natural forests and is commonly found in temperate forests in mass plantings.

Thujopsis tree: (grows up to 40m high) It grows well with the moist soil, shade, and high humidity, found in temperate forests.

Credits:

Created with images by tata_aka_T - "Clear Water" • Dakiny - "アオダイショウ (青大将) / Japanese Rat Snake" • toluju - "Chinese giant salamander" • Dakiny - "多摩動物公園のイヌワシ / Golden Eagle of Tama Zoo" • Andy Morffew - "Who's that?" • Kabacchi - "Japanese Black Bear - 03" • Dakiny - "ニホンカナヘビ (日本金蛇) / Japanese Grass Lizard" • cm195902 - "Western Hemlock" • Hans - "tree log branches" • hwat - "Juunihon Yasu"

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