Diversity of ground beetle assemblages (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in meshophyllous beech stands of various ages in Nature park Papuk

Lugić, Edin (2009) Diversity of ground beetle assemblages (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in meshophyllous beech stands of various ages in Nature park Papuk. Diploma thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

The ground beetle assemblages in meshophyllous beech stands were analysed during the vegetation period of the year 2008 (from June to September). Nine pitfall traps were placed in 3 types of forest: young one (beech stands old approximatley 60 years), middle aged (stands 80 years old) and old type (stands about 150 years old). All together, 1239 were collected and 32 species recorded. The highest number of species is noted for middle-aged and old forests. Shannon – Wiener's diversity is highest in middle-aged forest, and lowest in young beech forest. MIB (Mean Individual Biomass) calculation for each age class brought out the oldest forest type with the highest value. Analysing dominance and activity of the ground beetle fauna, oldest forest type showed to be the habitat of large species, which are also forest specialists, and need stable conditions for its development. MIB index appear to be an excellent tool in evaluation of sucession level in logged forests, future managment and conservation of the forest ecosystems.

Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
Keywords: ground beetles, MIB, Papuk, beech forests
Supervisor: Kučinić, Mladen
Co-supervisor: Šerić-Jelaska, Lucija
Date: 2009
Number of Pages: 39
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2014 09:38
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2014 09:38
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/2689

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