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Carabid Beetle and vegetation associations in the Tasmanian Eastern Tiers: implications for conservation


Michaels, KF and Mendel, L, Carabid Beetle and vegetation associations in the Tasmanian Eastern Tiers: implications for conservation, Pacific Conservation Biology, 4, (3) pp. 240-249. ISSN 1038-2097 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1071/PC980240


The distribution and abundance of the carabid beetle fauna of selected grassy ecosystems, wet and dry sclerophyll forests, and wet heaths in the Eastern Tiers, Tasmania was examined using pitfall traps. The conservation values of the sites were assessed by applying evaluation criteria typically used for vegetation (i.e., representativeness, typicalness, diversity and rarity) to both the carabid fauna data and the vegetation data. Sites of high conservation value for carabids and vegetation were identified and compared. Sites that ranked highest in terms of the carabid fauna on all conservation criteria were not the sites that ranked highest based on the vegetation. Classification of sites produced different results depending on whether plant or carabid data were used. Conservation based solely on vegetation attributes will therefore not necessarily conserve a rich and/or representative carabid fauna. If the objective to conserve a representative range of all biota is to be met, the use of additional taxa such as carabids in conservation assessments is desirable.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Michaels, KF (Dr Karyl Michaels)
UTAS Author:Mendel, L (Dr Louise Mendel)
ID Code:13570
Year Published:1998
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-08

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