Body size changes in ground beetle assemblages – a reanalysis of Braun et al. (2004)’s data
Version of Record online: 8 SEP 2006
2006 The Royal Entomological Society
Volume 31, Issue 5, pages 411–414, October 2006
How to Cite
LÖVEI, G. L. and MAGURA, T. (2006), Body size changes in ground beetle assemblages – a reanalysis of Braun et al. (2004)’s data. Ecological Entomology, 31: 411–414. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2311.2006.00794.x
- Issue online: 8 SEP 2006
- Version of Record online: 8 SEP 2006
- Accepted 30 January 2006
- Body size;
- feeding type;
- life history;
Abstract 1. Data in Braun et al.’s (2004) recent paper on size trends in ground beetles (Carabidae) are re-analysed, after re-classifying the species according to feeding categories.
2. When ground beetles are classified as predatory species, mixed feeders or herbivores, and evaluated separately, the size trends indicate group-specific differences. Most of these do not support the efficiency-specialisation hypothesis.
3. Taxonomic groups rarely fit into one ecological category and ecological analyses should explicitly consider this hurdle.