Mowed orchards of the thermophyticum in Central Europe as vanishing refugia for steppe spiders


Orchards on slopes with southern exposure and calcareous substrates are typical of the thermophyticum area of the Bohemian Basin. Because these slopes have long been maintained by mowing, they support semi-natural dry grassland stands and scrublands. These slopes are no longer mowed, however, and recently have become overgrown with grasses and subsequently… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s10457-016-0026-9


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