English   español  
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10261/217504
logo share SHARE logo core CORE   Add this article to your Mendeley library MendeleyBASE

Visualizar otros formatos: MARC | Dublin Core | RDF | ORE | MODS | METS | DIDL | DATACITE
Exportar a otros formatos:


The importance of threatened host plants for arthropod diversity: the fauna associated with dendroid Euphorbia plants endemic to the Canary and Madeira archipelagos

AuthorsHernández-Teixidor, David ; Santos, Irene; Suárez, Daniel; Oromí, Pedro
Arthropod assemblage
Issue Date4-Aug-2020
CitationJournal of Insect Conservation 24: 867–876 (2020)
AbstractThe arthropod fauna associated with seven endemic dendroid Euphorbia was sampled and studied in the Canary and Madeira archipelagos. The stem-diameter of the plants was considered, along with their genetic affinity, habitat and number of localities and islands where present. The arthropod assemblages and richness found on each Euphorbia species were statistically analysed, to determine which variables influenced the survey results. A total of 179 arthropod species were found, identified, and classified into characteristic or accompanying fauna, according to their relationship with the plants and their types of diet. Faunal assemblages and arthropod species richness differed among the Euphorbia species, each thus showing a strong and almost unique host relationship. Species richness increased with the architectural complexity of the host-plant species and number of localities and islands where present. The similarity of faunal assemblages was mainly related to stem diameter. Among diet types, a great number of exclusive and/or endemic taxa associated with this plant genus were xylophages. Our survey revealed that rich arthropod communities are associated with the genus Euphorbia, especially on its rare endangered species, and highlights the need to protect their host plants. This in turn will contribute to the conservation of their arthropod communities and their ecosystem functions.
Publisher version (URL)https://doi.org/10.1007/s10841-020-00261-z
Appears in Collections:(IPNA) Artículos
Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Theim-Hernández-Teixidor-2020-JInsectConserv.pdf Embargoed until July 4, 2021Artículo principal558,09 kBAdobe PDFThumbnail
View/Open    Request a copy
Show full item record
Review this work

WARNING: Items in Digital.CSIC are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.