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Diversity 2011, 3(4), 693-711; doi:10.3390/d3040693
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Illustration of the Structure of Arthropod Assemblages (Collembola and Lepidoptera) in Different Forest Types: An Example in the French Pyrenees

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1 ECOLAB, UMR 5245 CNRS, Université Paul Sabatier, Bat IVR3, 118 Route de Narbonne, Toulouse F-31062, France 2 UFR LV, Université Paul Sabatier, 118 Route de Narbonne, Toulouse F-31062, France 3 Departamento de Ecologia CIByC, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Morelos C.P. 62209, Mexico
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Received: 18 August 2011 / Revised: 8 November 2011 / Accepted: 8 November 2011 / Published: 18 November 2011
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Abstract

To analyze the impact of management choices on diversity in Pyrenean forests, we selected two ecological indicators: springtails; indicators of long-term responses to perturbation, and moths; which respond quickly to changes in their environment. Our data show that monoculture has a short-term impact on overall diversity and richness of species but with a relative resilience capacity of the forest ecosystem. More precisely, real impacts are visible on dynamics and abundances of certain species, depending on the vertical distribution of the biota and on the composition of soil and forest floor.
Keywords: forest structure; dynamics of diversity; Collembola; Lepidoptera; Heterocera; Pyrenees forest structure; dynamics of diversity; Collembola; Lepidoptera; Heterocera; Pyrenees
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Luque, C.; Legal, L.; Winterton, P.; Mariano, N.A.; Gers, C. Illustration of the Structure of Arthropod Assemblages (Collembola and Lepidoptera) in Different Forest Types: An Example in the French Pyrenees. Diversity 2011, 3, 693-711.

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