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Field margins as rapidly evolving local diversity hotspots for ground beetles (Coleoptera : Carabidae) in northern China

Yu, ZR; Liu, YH; Axmacher, JC; (2006) Field margins as rapidly evolving local diversity hotspots for ground beetles (Coleoptera : Carabidae) in northern China. COLEOPTS BULL , 60 (2) 135 - 143. Green open access

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Abstract

The diversity of carabid assemblages at newly established field margins was compared to the diversity in surrounding fields and woodland habitats at Dongbeiwang village, Beijing. Carabids were sampled using 6 pitfalls per plot at a total of 12 plots in the year 2000. Although sampled only a year after their establishment, field margins harbored the most abundant and diverse carabids assemblages of all sites. More than a quarter of carabid species encountered were furthermore restricted to catches from field margins. Also woodland and fields under rotational wheat/maize cultivation harbored some unique species. Therefore, a short term establishment of field margins is effective in enhancing diversity and abundance of carabids, an important predator group in the agricultural landscape, while only the preservation of a heterogeneous landscape will enable the conservation of the overall species diversity.

Type: Article
Title: Field margins as rapidly evolving local diversity hotspots for ground beetles (Coleoptera : Carabidae) in northern China
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://coleopsoc.org/default.asp?Action=Show_Coleo...
Language: English
Additional information: The Coleopterists Bulletin is published using the Creative Commons Attribution License (see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/). Thus, The Coleopterists Society retains the right to distribute all articles published in the journal, but all other rights are retained by the author.
Keywords: LANDSCAPE, ABUNDANCE, AGRICULTURE, COMMUNITIES, ARTHROPODS, ECOLOGY, FAUNA
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/85964
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