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Geometrid moth assemblages reflect high conservation value of naturally regenerated secondary forests in temperate China. / Zou, Yi; Sang, Weiguo; Warren-Thomas, Eleanor; Axmacher, Jan Christoph.

Yn: Forest Ecology and Management, Cyfrol 374, 15.08.2016, t. 111-118.

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Zou, Yi ; Sang, Weiguo ; Warren-Thomas, Eleanor ; Axmacher, Jan Christoph. / Geometrid moth assemblages reflect high conservation value of naturally regenerated secondary forests in temperate China. Yn: Forest Ecology and Management. 2016 ; Cyfrol 374. tt. 111-118.

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T1 - Geometrid moth assemblages reflect high conservation value of naturally regenerated secondary forests in temperate China

AU - Zou, Yi

AU - Sang, Weiguo

AU - Warren-Thomas, Eleanor

AU - Axmacher, Jan Christoph

PY - 2016/8/15

Y1 - 2016/8/15

N2 - The widespread destruction of mature forests in China has led to massive ecological degradation, counteracted in recent decades by substantial efforts to promote forest plantations and protect secondary forest ecosystems. The value of the resulting forests for biodiversity conservation is widely unknown, particularly in relation to highly diverse invertebrate taxa that fulfil important ecosystem services. We aimed to address this knowledge gap, establishing the conservation value of secondary forests on Dongling Mountain, North China based on the diversity of geometrid moths – a species-rich family of nocturnal pollinators that also influences plant assemblages through caterpillar herbivory. Results showed that secondary forests harboured geometrid moth assemblages similar in species richness and phylogenetic diversity, but with a species composition distinctly different to assemblages in one of China’s last remaining mature temperate forests in the Changbaishan Nature Reserve. Species overlap between these sites was about 30%, and species did not form separate phylogenetic clusters according to site. Species assemblages at Dongling Mountain were strongly differentiated according to forest type; a pattern not found at Changbaishan. Our results indicate that protected naturally regenerated secondary forests in northern China provide suitable habitats for species-rich and genetically diverse geometrid moth assemblages, highlighting the potential importance of these forests for conservation and ecosystem function provision across the wider landscape.

AB - The widespread destruction of mature forests in China has led to massive ecological degradation, counteracted in recent decades by substantial efforts to promote forest plantations and protect secondary forest ecosystems. The value of the resulting forests for biodiversity conservation is widely unknown, particularly in relation to highly diverse invertebrate taxa that fulfil important ecosystem services. We aimed to address this knowledge gap, establishing the conservation value of secondary forests on Dongling Mountain, North China based on the diversity of geometrid moths – a species-rich family of nocturnal pollinators that also influences plant assemblages through caterpillar herbivory. Results showed that secondary forests harboured geometrid moth assemblages similar in species richness and phylogenetic diversity, but with a species composition distinctly different to assemblages in one of China’s last remaining mature temperate forests in the Changbaishan Nature Reserve. Species overlap between these sites was about 30%, and species did not form separate phylogenetic clusters according to site. Species assemblages at Dongling Mountain were strongly differentiated according to forest type; a pattern not found at Changbaishan. Our results indicate that protected naturally regenerated secondary forests in northern China provide suitable habitats for species-rich and genetically diverse geometrid moth assemblages, highlighting the potential importance of these forests for conservation and ecosystem function provision across the wider landscape.

KW - Phylogenetic diversity

KW - Lepidoptera

KW - Mature forest

KW - Donglingshan

KW - Changbaishan

U2 - 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.04.054

DO - 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.04.054

M3 - Article

VL - 374

SP - 111

EP - 118

JO - Forest Ecology and Management

JF - Forest Ecology and Management

SN - 0378-1127

ER -