Edge effect on weevil and spider communities at the Bükk National Park in Hungary

R. Horváth, T. Magura, G. Péter, K. Bayar

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Abstract

The edge effect on weevil and spider communities was tested along a meadow-forest transect using sweep-net samples at the Bükk National Park in Hungary. For weevil communities the species richness of the forest edge was higher than that of meadow, but the difference was statistically not significant. The species richness of the forest edge and the meadow was significantly higher than that of forest interior. The high species richness of the weevil communities in the forest edge may be explained by the high densities of the food-plants of weevil species and by the specific abiotic and biotic environmental factors that characterise the forest edge. For spider communities the species richness was significantly higher at the forest edge than either in the meadow or in the forest interior. The high species richness of the forest edge may be explained by the habitat heterogeneity that contributes to the special microclimatic and environmental conditions. Our results based on two invertebrate groups functioning on different trophic levels suggest that forest edge play a crucial role in the nature conservation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-290
Number of pages16
JournalActa Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Volume46
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2000

Keywords

  • Forest edge
  • Nature conservation
  • Species richness
  • Spider communities
  • Weevil communities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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