Ground beetle succession on Mount Fujisan

Jimbo, Katsuaki and Kubota, Kôhei and Kikvidze, Zaal (2013) Ground beetle succession on Mount Fujisan. Biogeography, 15. pp. 85-94.


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We studied community structure of ground beetle species along vegetation succession gradient in a volcanic desert on Mt. Fujisan, with the aim to understand links between vegetation and ground beetle suc­cessions. We set sites representing three major succession stages: early primary patchy grassland on volcanic desert, seral forest, and a climax beech forest. In a volcanic desert, we sampled 20 patches of Polygonum cus­pidatum of different sizes to analyze ground beetle assemblages at finer scale of vegetation succession. Over­all, we captured 1853 beetle individuals and identified 13 species. Subfamily Opatrinae (in the family Tenebri­onidae) predominated in herbaceous patches but were replaced by Carabinae (in the family Carabidae) in seral forest, whilst Pterostichinae (in the family Carabidae) dominated climax forest. Within vegetation patches, the following sub-stages of early succession could be discerned: (i) small patches dominated by P. cuspidatum, (ii) mid-size patches dominated by P. cuspidatum with a few dominant herb species, and (iii) large patches domi­nated by P. cuspidatum with tree seedlings and many species sharing dominance. Opatrinae beetles showed a clear pattern of species turnover across these sub-stages. Our results suggest consistent changes in species composition of ground beetle assemblages along primary vegetation succession.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > Ecology
Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Depositing User: Prof. Zaal Kikvidze
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2015 05:56
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2015 05:56

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