Impact of human-induced disturbance on the diversity of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) and ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Dharma Rajan, Priyadarsanan and Ganeshaiah, KN and Uma Shaanker, R and Musthak Ali, TM and Kumar, ARV and Chandrashekara, K (2001) Impact of human-induced disturbance on the diversity of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) and ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). In: Tropical Ecosystems: Structure, Diversity and Human Welfare. Proceedings of the International Conference on Tropical Ecosystems. Oxford-IBH, New Delhi, pp. 129-132. ISBN 9781578081813

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Abstract

Disturbance, whether natural or anthropogenic, is an important factor that aff~cts the ecosystem functions. Although insects contribute to the major share of biodiversity, impact of disturbance on its diversity is poorly understood (Hamer and Hill, 1999). Insects are known to respond differently to disturbance dynamics (Schowalter, 1985). Some studies have shown that disturbance causes a reduction in diversity of insects (Daily and Ehrlich, 1995; Hill e/ ai., 1995) while others suggest that disturbance results in an increase in diversity (Kremen, 1992; Hamer e/ ai., 1997). In this study we have attempted to assess the response of dung beetles and ants to disturbance in a wildlife sanctuary of South India.

Item Type: Book Section
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Dung beetles, ants, South India, BRT wild We sanctuary.
Subjects: C Publications by ATREEians > H Book Chapters
Divisions: Publications by ATREEians > Book Chapters
Depositing User: Eprints Admin
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2016 06:03
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2016 06:03
URI: http://eprints.atree.org/id/eprint/443

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