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Testing the Value of Six Taxonomic Groups as Biodiversity Indicators at a Local Scale
The principle of complementarity must be integrated into the methodology of evaluating an indicator if the group of woody plants prove an adequate biodiversity indicator for other Mediterranean areas as well, this will be important because it will facilitate conservation-related decisions for the entire Mediterranean region. Expand
Demecology of the false spider mite, Brevipalpus phoenicis (Geijskes) (Acari, Tenuipalpidae)
The demographic analysis of Brevipalpus phoenicis reveals that the following five aspects of its life history, namely high survival and fertility rates, reproductive intensity in the prime youth, lack of diapause, parthenogenetic mode of reproduction and euryphagy on perennial crops, are of major importance. Expand
Demographic traits of Eotetranychus pruni from Belgian and Tunisian orchards, in comparison with Tetranychus urticae
The aim of this study was to compare a Belgian and a Tunisian strain of E. pruni, with respect to their life history and demographic traits, and found that the two Tunisian strains appear to be quite similar, and contrast with the Belgian strain. Expand
Soil biodiversity : myth, reality or conning?
It is claimed that the debate on soil biodiversity will remain open - and even sterile - as long as adequate sampling methodologies are not set up, critically evaluated and largely used. Expand
Conservation management for Orthoptera in the Dadia reserve, Greece
The diversity patterns, the ecological structure and the typical species of the orthopteran assemblage in the Dadia reserve are investigated. The reserve was designed to protect the black vultureExpand
Diversity of soil oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) from High Katanga (Democratic Republic of Congo): a multiscale and multifactor approach
The diversity oforibatid mite species is analyzed for the first time in an African soil and studied in three ecosystems of a regressive sere: forest, woodland and savanna. Expand
Estimation of habitat quality based on plant community, and effects of isolation in a network of butterfly habitat patches
Methods to estimate habitat quality of patches, in an ecological network for five butterfly species inhabiting wet meadows, found the most isolated sites had greater chances to be empty, even if they had high-quality habitat. Expand
Survey of mites in caves and deep soil and evolution of mites in these habitats
Adaptations to dry habitats probably greatly influenced the evolution in Oribatida and it is proposed that numerous mites colonized caves directly from deep soil without a surface stage. Expand
Dispersal, colonization power and metapopulation structure in the vulnerable butterfly Proclossiana eunomia (Lepidoptera : Nymphalidae)
High dispersal rate as well as the dynamics of P. eunomia's metapopulations suggest that a network of suitable habitat patches is necessary for the long-run conservation of this vulnerable species. Expand
The soil fauna: the other last biotic frontier
Different approaches to biodiversity yield global totals as small as 3 million or as large as 80 million species. Erwin's calculation and estimation leads to an estimate of ca 30 million species andExpand