Influences of shrub vegetation on distribution and diversity of a ground beetle community in a Gobi desert ecosystem

@article{Liu2012InfluencesOS,
  title={Influences of shrub vegetation on distribution and diversity of a ground beetle community in a Gobi desert ecosystem},
  author={Jiliang Liu and F. Li and Chang-an Liu and Qi-Jun Liu},
  journal={Biodiversity and Conservation},
  year={2012},
  volume={21},
  pages={2601-2619}
}
In shrubland ecosystems, shrubs as ecosystem engineers play an important role in structuring ground beetle communities. However, the influence of shrub vegetation on the distribution and diversity of ground beetles remains unknown in Gobi desert, northwest China, where shrubland is a major biome type. Using Gobi shrubland dominated by shrub species Nitraria sphaerocarpa and Reaumuria soongorica as a model system, we sampled ground beetle communities using a pitfall trapping method under… Expand

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