Comparison of the carabid communities of a zonal oak-hornbeam forest and pine plantations

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Carabid communities of a zonal oak-hornbeam forest (Querco-Carpinetum) and plantations (young spruce plantation, old spruce plantation and old black-pine plantation) were analysed in the Aggtelek National Park by pitfall traps. The results suggest that the young plantation has very low diversity for many years after establishment and it is not explained by the food resources. It may be related to microclimatic conditions and especially to the structure of the litter layer and the herbaceous vegetation. The old plantations are re-colonised by the shrubs and herbs of the native vegetation, and as a result, the diversity and composition of the carabid communities of these plantations are similar to those communities of zonal forests. This shows that adequate conservation management may have an important contribution to the maintenance of diversity of carabid communities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-182
Number of pages10
JournalActa Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1997



  • Biomonitoring
  • Carabid beetles
  • Diversity
  • Nature conservation
  • Plantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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