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Exploring the relationship between land cover and the distribution of water beetle species (Coleoptera) at the regional scale

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Michael Eyre, Dr Martin Luff


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The advent of remote-sensed satellite land cover data has provided the opportunity to assess the relationship between invertebrate species distributions and individual land cover types. Water beetle species occur in habitats within specific land cover types and the relationship between the distribution of water beetle species and land covers at the regional scale was investigated using records of 154 species from 1018 sites in north-east England. The land covers of tilled land and urban in the lowlands and of shrub heath and heath grassland in the upland areas proved to be most important in explaining the distribution of species. There were both positive and negative associations between some species and other covers such as woodland and the coast. However, a considerable number of species, generally those with a large number of records, showed no strong relationships with any land cover types. The integration of water beetle species recording data and remote-sensed land cover data as a basis for predicting and monitoring both species distribution and environmental change is discussed. © Springer 2005.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Eyre MD, Foster GN, Luff ML

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Hydrobiologia

Year: 2005

Volume: 533

Issue: 1

Pages: 87-98

ISSN (print): 0018-8158

ISSN (electronic): 1573-5117

Publisher: Springer Netherlands


DOI: 10.1007/s10750-004-2397-6


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