Carabid beetles of tropical dry forests display traits that cope with a harsh environment

Show simple item record Ariza, Gloria Maria Jacome, Jorge Kotze, D. Johan 2021-11-30T07:36:01Z 2021-12-18T03:46:07Z 2021-12
dc.identifier.citation Ariza , G M , Jacome , J & Kotze , D J 2021 , ' Carabid beetles of tropical dry forests display traits that cope with a harsh environment ' , International Journal of Tropical Insect Science , vol. 41 , pp. 3011-3021 .
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dc.description.abstract The tropical dry forest (TDF) ecosystem is characterised by strong seasonality exasperated periodically by the El Nino/southern oscillation (ENSO). The environment produced by this event could constrain the survival of small organisms, such as insects. Carabid beetles were collected in a TDF in Armero, Colombia, during wet and dry seasons in both El Nino and non-El Nino periods. A series of traits linked to desiccation resistance were measured to characterise their adaptation to the TDF environment and to investigate changes experienced by carabid beetles during both episodes in quantitative (assemblage) and qualitative (traits) parameters. We found no difference in the presence of traits between El Nino and non-El Nino episodes, but carabid assemblages changed significantly in composition and assemblage structure between these episodes. During both periods, small-sized and nocturnal species dominated the assemblages, but in terms of number of individuals, medium and large-sized, and visual hunter species dominated. Calosoma alternans and Megacephala affinis were the most abundant species with high dispersal capacity. Carabid beetles exhibited morphological traits well-adapted to drought experienced in TDF, including when it is exasperated by ENSO. However, long-term studies can help to elucidate the real effects of ENSO and to confirm the adaptation of carabid beetles to cope with this extreme environment. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof International Journal of Tropical Insect Science
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
dc.subject Drought
dc.subject ENSO
dc.subject Ground beetles
dc.subject Insects
dc.subject Neotropical
dc.subject Traits
dc.subject BODY-SIZE
dc.subject WATER-BALANCE
dc.subject DIAPAUSE
dc.subject EL-NINO
dc.title Carabid beetles of tropical dry forests display traits that cope with a harsh environment en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
dc.contributor.organization Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
dc.contributor.organization Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (Urbaria)
dc.contributor.organization Fifth Dimension - Vegetated roofs and walls in urban areas
dc.contributor.organization Urban Ecosystems
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.issn 1742-7584
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