Butterfly assemblages in fragmented meadow habitats of the pre-carpathian lowland (bereg plain, sw Ukraine)

S. Z. Szanyi, A. Nagy, Z. Varga

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The butterfly assemblages of grassland habitats in the Transcarpathian part of the Bereg plain were studied with standard transect walk methods in 2012 and 2013, in 6 different sites (14 transects), in all sites with 4 and 5 repetitions per year. To sum up, we observed 63 butterfly species in more than 4800 individuals. 25% of these species is under protection in Hungary. Considering the faunal types, the widely distributed and generalist Euro-Siberian species predominate, but with significant presence of HoloMediterranean and southern Continental elements. The less disturbed habitats surrounded by natural forests have shown the highest species diversity (Shannon-Wiener). The assemblages were compared with multivariate methods (PCA, cluster, Bray-Curtis) . Three main groups of habitats were separated and characterised by indicator species (IndVal). The positive effect of nature-like forest fringe and scrubby structures was demonstrated. According to our results the quality of habitats is more relevant for species diversity than size and/or isolation of habitats.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-627
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Ecology and Environmental Research
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Biogeographical components
  • Compositional diversity
  • Dominants
  • Indicator species
  • Protected species

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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Butterfly assemblages in fragmented meadow habitats of the pre-carpathian lowland (bereg plain, sw Ukraine). / Szanyi, S. Z.; Nagy, A.; Varga, Z.

In: Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2015, p. 615-627.

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