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Plant communities preferences of terrestrial crustaceans (Isopoda: Oniscidea) in a protected coastal area of southeastern Sicily (Italy)

Giuseppina Messina
  • Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Catania, via Androne 81, I-95124, Catania, Italy
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/ Giuseppe Montesanto
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/ Elisa Pezzino
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/ Saverio Sciandrello
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/ Domenico Caruso
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/ Bianca Lombardo
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Published Online: 2014-01-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-013-0321-0

Abstract

We studied the plant communities preferences of oniscidean isopods in a protected coastal area in southeastern Sicily that is characterized by ponds, dunes and rocky coast. In total, five sites were sampled between March 2003 and February 2004 using pitfall traps. A total of 7,326 specimens were found, belonging to 23 species. The vegetation analysis, using the phytosociological method, recognized a total of 11 types of plant communities, with specific ecological features. Measuring the species richness, diversity and annual activity density (aAD) values of the terrestrial isopod communities from each sampling site revealed differences among the various plant communities. PCA analysis confirmed the correlation between isopods species and specific plant communities. Moreover our results show that the high species richness is associated with a high vegetation cover and number of plants.

Keywords: terrestrial isopods; pond; diversity; activity density; PCA

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Citation Information: Biologia, Volume 69, Issue 3, Pages 354–362, ISSN (Online) 1336-9563, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-013-0321-0.

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