Strengthening the case for saproxylic arthropod conservation: a call for ecosystem services research
Article first published online: 29 AUG 2012
© 2012 The Royal Entomological Society
Insect Conservation and Diversity
Volume 6, Issue 3, pages 393–395, May 2013
How to Cite
Ulyshen, M. D. (2013), Strengthening the case for saproxylic arthropod conservation: a call for ecosystem services research. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 6: 393–395. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-4598.2012.00220.x
- Issue published online: 22 MAY 2013
- Article first published online: 29 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 JUL 2012
- Coarse woody debris;
- While research on the ecosystem services provided by biodiversity is becoming widely embraced as an important tool in conservation, the services provided by saproxylic arthropods – an especially diverse and threatened assemblage dependent on dead or dying wood – remain unmeasured.
- A conceptual model depicting the reciprocal relationships between dead wood and saproxylic arthropod biodiversity, wildfires, climate change, forest productivity and pest outbreaks is presented. This model suggests that the ecological influence of saproxylic arthropods may extend far beyond their effects on wood decay.
- Several predictions arising from this view are briefly summarised with the hope of stimulating research that may ultimately help strengthen the argument for saproxylic arthropod conservation.