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The rove beetles (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) of exposed riverine sediments in Scotland and northern England: Habitat classification and conservation aspects

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Michael Eyre


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Exposed riverine sediments (ERS) by four rivers in Scotland and northern England were sampled for beetles in 1996 and 1997. One hundred and sixty rove beetle (Staphylinidae) species lists were analysed using ordination and classification techniques in order to identify habitat groups within and between catchments and to assess which factors were affecting species assemblage distribution. There were major differences between the species assemblages of ERS by rivers of highland and lowland catchments. Within catchments, assemblage distribution was mainly influenced by the position of sites within the catchment; vegetation cover and sediment composition had less influence. The number of rove beetle habitats was not the same as those for ground and phytophagous beetle groups, indicating that conservation considerations should take into account variations in ERS habitat diversity. A considerable number of records of nationally rare and scarce rove beetle species were recorded, most on ERS by rivers and tributaries unaffected by river management or engineering.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Eyre MD, Lott DA, Luff ML

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Insect Conservation

Year: 2001

Volume: 5

Issue: 3

Pages: 173-186

Print publication date: 01/01/2001

ISSN (print): 1366-638X

ISSN (electronic): 1572-9753

Publisher: Springer Netherlands


DOI: 10.1023/A:1017956927482


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