Journal Article

Necrophilous Histerid Beetle Communities (Coleoptera: Histeridae) in Central Spain: Species Composition and Habitat Preferences

Daniel Martín-Vega, Blanca Cifrián, Luisa M. Díaz-Aranda and Arturo Baz

in Environmental Entomology

Volume 44, issue 4, pages 966-974
Published in print August 2015 | ISSN: 0046-225X
Published online May 2015 | e-ISSN: 1938-2936 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvv077
Necrophilous Histerid Beetle Communities (Coleoptera: Histeridae) in Central Spain: Species Composition and Habitat Preferences

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Despite the applied importance of necrophilous histerid beetles, their communities and habitat preferences had not been characterized in the Iberian Peninsula. The current article describes the composition of those communities in seven types of natural habitats along a bioclimatical gradient in central Spain, describing and discussing the habitat preferences and niche breadths of the most abundant species. In total, 25 species of necrophilous Histeridae were collected using carrion-baited traps. As a result, six groups of species can be distinguished according to their habitat preferences. These groupings depend on either the distribution among habitats or their restriction to certain habitats. Moreover, within each habitat, the type of vegetation was a factor structuring histerid communities, with those species with wide distribution throughout several habitats showing a preference for more open areas.

Keywords: Coleoptera; Histeridae; histerid beetle; carrion; vegetation

Journal Article.  3739 words.  Illustrated.

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