Body size changes in ground beetle assemblages - A reanalysis of Braun et al. (2004)'s data

Gábor L. Lövei, Tibor Magura

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Abstract

1. Data in Braun et al.'s (2004) recent paper on size trends in ground beetles (Carabidae) are re-analysed, after re-classifying the species according to feeding categories. 2. When ground beetles are classified as predatory species, mixed feeders or herbivores, and evaluated separately, the size trends indicate group-specific differences. Most of these do not support the efficiency-specialisation hypothesis. 3. Taxonomic groups rarely fit into one ecological category and ecological analyses should explicitly consider this hurdle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-414
Number of pages4
JournalEcological Entomology
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2006

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Keywords

  • Body size
  • Carabidae
  • Disturbance
  • Feeding type
  • Life history
  • Pollution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Insect Science

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