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Guidelines for the monitoring of Rosalia alpina

Campanaro, A; De Zan, LR; Hardersen, S; Antonini, G; Chiari, S; Cini, A; Mancini, E; ... Peverieri, GS; + view all (2017) Guidelines for the monitoring of Rosalia alpina. Nature Conservation , 20 pp. 165-203. 10.3897/natureconservation.20.12728. Green open access

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Abstract

Copyright Alessandro Campanaro et al. Rosalia alpina (Linnaeus, 1758) is a large longhorn beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) which is protected by the Habitats Directive and which typically inhabits beech forests characterised by the presence of mature, dead (or moribund) and sun-exposed trees. A revision of the current knowledge on systematics, ecology and conservation of R. alpina is reported. The research was carried out as part of the LIFE MIPP project which aims to find a standard monitoring method for saproxylic beetles protected in Europe. For monitoring this species, different methods were tested and compared in two areas of the Apennines, utilising wild trees, logs and tripods (artificially built with beech woods), all potentially suitable for the reproduction of the species. Even if all methods succeeded in the survey of the target species, these results showed that the use of wild trees outperformed other methods. Indeed, the use of wild trees allowed more adults to be observed and required less intensive labour. However, monitoring the rosalia longicorn on wild trees has the main disadvantage that they can hardly be considered “standard sampling units”, as each tree may be differently attractive to adults. Our results demonstrated that the most important factors influencing the attraction of single trunks were wood volume, sun-exposure and decay stage. Based on the results obtained during the project LIFE MIPP, as well as on a literature review, a standard monitoring method for R. alpina was developed.

Type: Article
Title: Guidelines for the monitoring of Rosalia alpina
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3897/natureconservation.20.12728
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3897/natureconservation.20.1272...
Language: English
Additional information: © 2017 Alessandro Campanaro, Lara Redolfi De Zan, Sönke Hardersen, Gloria Antonini, Stefano Chiari, Alessandro Cini, Emiliano Mancini, Fabio Mosconi, Sarah Rossi de Gasperis, Emanuela Solano, Marco Alberto Bologna, Giuseppino Sabbatini Peverieri. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Habitats Directive, Saproxylic beetles, Monitoring methods, Transects, Logs
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10025198
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