Insect Conservation and Diversity
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Virtual Issues - Responses of wood and litter arthropods to anthropogenic disturbance - December 2010
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.
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