Body and wing – size changes in carabid species (Coleoptera: Carabidae) along altitudinal gradient of forest habitats on Mt. Učka

Mrazović, Andreja (2010) Body and wing – size changes in carabid species (Coleoptera: Carabidae) along altitudinal gradient of forest habitats on Mt. Učka. Diploma thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

Aim of the study was to determine changes in body size within carabid communities and within species Abax parallelepipedus (Piller&Mitterpacher 1783) and Carabus caelatus Fabricius 1801 and also to determine changes in wing size and habitat specialisation along altitudinal gradient and compare these changes with Bergmann's and Allan's rule. Pitfall traps were placed on eleven plots in seven forest communities in Učka Nature Park and exposed during one season. 5 pitfall traps were placed on every plot. Results show decrease in body size within carabid communities and within two observated species and domination of brachypterous species and forest specialists along altitudinal gradient. Brachypterous species and forest specialists were most abundant in mid – elevations. Obtained results were not in compliance with Bergmann's and Allan's rule.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
Keywords: carabid species, altitudinal gradient, body size, wing size, habitat specialisation
Supervisor: Kučinić, Mladen
Co-supervisor: Šerić Jelaska, Lucija
Date: 2010
Number of Pages: 54
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2014 12:02
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2014 08:20
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/2613

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