Co-variation of lichens, bryophytes, saproxylic beetles and dead wood in Swedish boreal forests

Djupstrom, Line B., Perhans, Karin, Weslien, Jan, Schroeder, L. Martin, Gustafsson, Lena and Wikberg, Sofie (2010) Co-variation of lichens, bryophytes, saproxylic beetles and dead wood in Swedish boreal forests. Systematics and Biodiversity, 8 2: 247-256. doi:10.1080/14772001003786022

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Author Djupstrom, Line B.
Perhans, Karin
Weslien, Jan
Schroeder, L. Martin
Gustafsson, Lena
Wikberg, Sofie
Title Co-variation of lichens, bryophytes, saproxylic beetles and dead wood in Swedish boreal forests
Journal name Systematics and Biodiversity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1477-2000
Publication date 2010-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14772001003786022
Volume 8
Issue 2
Start page 247
End page 256
Total pages 10
Place of publication Cambridge, U.K.
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified
060207 Population Ecology
Formatted abstract
In order to effectively identify and protect the most valuable forest areas for conservation, it is essential to understand species diversity patterns and the co-variation of different taxonomic groups. In this study we analysed the extent to which lichens, bryophytes and saproxylic beetles co-vary, their ability to represent each other in a reserve network (surrogate capacity), and their patterns of beta-diversity. We also tested the surrogate capacity of dead wood. A species and dead wood inventory was conducted in forest sites in a boreal forest region in central Sweden. Overall, the correlations in species richness between taxa were weak, but some were statistically significant, i.e. those between red-listed lichens and red-listed bryophytes. Beetles were weakly positively correlated with bryophytes, but never with lichens. None of the tested taxa provided a reliable surrogate for representing the other taxa. However, dead wood diversity did represent saproxylic beetles and bryophytes better than random selection and might therefore function as a conservation surrogate for those taxa. Beta-diversity differed significantly between the taxa; lichens had the lowest, while beetles had the highest. Altogether beetles showed low association with the other taxa but high beta-diversity, which implies that they may require specific conservation planning.
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Keyword Beta-diversity
Dead wood
Red-listed species
Reserve selection
Saproxylic beetles
Species richness
Surrogate capacity
Species richness correlations
Southern Sweden
Different taxa
Key habits
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