Insect Conservation and Diversity

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Edited By: Simon R. Leather, Yves Basset and Raphael K. Didham

Impact Factor: 2.174

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 11/92 (Entomology)

Online ISSN: 1752-4598

Associated Title(s): Agricultural and Forest Entomology, Ecological Entomology, Insect Molecular Biology, Medical and Veterinary Entomology, Physiological Entomology, Systematic Entomology

Virtual Issues - Responses of wood and litter arthropods to anthropogenic disturbance - December 2010

Virtual Issue

Responses of wood and litter arthropods to anthropogenic disturbance  

Arthropod responses to anthropogenic disturbance are complex and varied. One might even be tempted to suggest that arthropod responses appear almost as diverse as arthropods themselves, such is the difficulty in attempting to implement conservation measures based on patterns emerging from single-taxon analyses. One of us (R.D.) advocated some time ago, to use functional groups for analyzing arthropod responses to forest fragmentation. However, despite such multi-taxic arthropod studies being indeed on the rise in Conservation Biology, there is every reason to expect that single-taxon studies will remain attractive for a number of reasons, one being the highly cost-effective protocols available for specific target taxa. This virtual issue of Insect Conservation and Diversity reflects this trend. Wood and litter-inhabiting arthropod assemblages are often dominated by beetles from diverse functional groups, and therefore represent prime candidates for multi-taxic studies. On the other hand, cost-effective protocols (pitfall traps, dung baits, artificial wood baits, etc.) nevertheless allow the convenient study of specific taxa within these assemblages. Wood-associated arthropods must, however, cope with often more discrete habitats than litter-inhabiting arthropods, so the similarity stops here. This virtual issue emphasizes the need to study additional taxa within these two assemblages (especially non-beetles), but also that progress may result from comparing the responses of (a) different taxa within similar habitats, and (b) multi-taxic assemblages in different habitats.

The influence of forest management and habitat on insect communities associated with dead wood: a case study in forests of the southern French Alps
Guy Lemperiere, Damien Marage

Saproxylic beetle assemblages in artificially created high-stumps of spruce (Picea abies) and birch (Betula pendula/pubescens) – does the surrounding landscape matter?
Markus Abrahamsson et al.

Prescribed fires and retention trees help to conserve beetle diversity in managed boreal forests despite their transient negative effects on some beetle groups
Esko Hyvärinen, Jari Kouki, Petri Martikainen

Saproxylic parasitoid (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonoidea) communities in managed boreal forest landscapes
Fredrik Stenbacka et al.

Recovery of litter inhabiting beetle assemblages during forest regeneration in the Atlantic forest of Southern Brazil
Philipp W. Hopp et al.

Effects of shading and mulch depth on the colonisation of habitat patches by arthropods of rainforest soil and litter
Nakamura et al.

Ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in the intensively cultivated agricultural landscape of Northern China – implications for biodiversity conservation
Yunhui Liu et al.

Some like it hot: microclimatic variation affects the abundance and movements of a critically endangered dung beetle
Tomas Roslin et al.

Rapid assessments of tropical dung beetle and butterfly assemblages: contrasting trends along a forest disturbance gradient
Lucy Hayes et al.

Utilisation of introduced Brazilian pastures ecosystems by native dung beetles: diversity patterns and resource use
Júlio N.C. Louzada, Paulo R. Carvalho E Silva

Genetic variability of the soil-feeding termite Labiotermes labralis (Termitidae, Nasutitermitinae) in the Amazonian primary forest and remnant patches
Lise Dupont et al.

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