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Shifts in composition of monthly invertebrate assemblages in moorland differed between lowland and montane locations but not fire-ages


Driessen, M and Kirkpatrick, JB and McQuillan, PB, Shifts in composition of monthly invertebrate assemblages in moorland differed between lowland and montane locations but not fire-ages, Environmental Entomology, 42, (1) pp. 58-73. ISSN 0046-225X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Entomological Society of America

DOI: doi:10.1603/EN12322


Understanding seasonal changes in invertebrate populations is important for understanding ecosystem processes and for conservation of invertebrate communities. Few studies have investigated variation in seasonal responses of multiorder and multispecies invertebrate assemblages. To determine whether temporal patterns in invertebrate assemblages and taxa vary between locations and vegetation age since burning, patterns of invertebrate occurrence were investigated monthly for 12 mo in cool temperate buttongrass moorlands at two locations (lowland and montane) containing paired plots with different Ūre history (young and old regrowth). For both locations and fire-ages, invertebrate taxon richness and abundance were generally higher during the warmer months than during the winter months. At the lowland location, foliage dwelling invertebrates were caught in greater numbers during winter than during summer owing to large numbers of Collembola. Each season had a distinct invertebrate assemblage. The invertebrate assemblages did not differ between young and old regrowth. The shifts in composition of monthly invertebrate assemblages between winter and summer differed between locations with assemblages in cooler months more dissimilar from warmer months at the montane location than the lowland location. Most taxa common to both locations had similar patterns of monthly occurrence but some taxa showed markedly different patterns. Mid- to late summer is the optimum time to conduct short-term surveys in buttongrass moorland to maximize species richness and abundance but short-term studies will miss signiŪcant components of the invertebrate community.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:seasonality, elevation, invertebrate surveys, buttongrass moorland, Tasmania
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Driessen, M (Mr Michael Driessen)
UTAS Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
UTAS Author:McQuillan, PB (Mr Peter McQuillan)
ID Code:82870
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2013-02-20
Last Modified:2017-10-31

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