Special Issue "Arthropods Associated with Forest Soil and Wood"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Anna Seniczak
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Guest Editor
University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen, Norway
Interests: oribatid mites; acarology; taxonomy; ecology; zoogeography.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Diversity Journal is about to launch a Special Issue dedicated to “Arthropods Associated with Forest Soil and Wood”.

Forests are undoubtedly the ecosystems richest in arthropods. For example, a single hectare of tropical rainforest may contain 42,000 different insect species. Forests are "home" to many taxonomic groups, including myriads of insects and numerous arachnids, myriapods, isopods, proturans, and two-pronged bristletails. Arthropods can be found in all forest layers, from 3-meter-deep soil (e.g., some mites or insect larvae) to the tops of trees. These include various ecological groups, among that particularly rich in species are decomposers, which are essential to the turnover of organic matter and forest growth. Forests are also suitable habitats for many predators, parasites, and pests, some of the latter with great economic importance. Discovering and understanding the arthropod diversity are essential to maintaining healthy and well-managed forests.

The high degree of arthropod diversity in forests is related, among other things, to diverse forest microhabitats, and the diversity of forest types on a local and global scale. This diversity is, however, threatened by various environmental factors, including climate change, acid rain and environmental pollution, forest management practices (e.g., pest control, clear-cuts, monocultures), introduction of invasive species, and fires.

This Special Issue invites both original research and review papers that contribute to our knowledge of forest arthropod fauna. Presenting different approaches and methods and outlining the most important problems are essential to indicating directions for future research.

Dr. Anna Seniczak
Guest Editor

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  • Insecta
  • Arachnida
  • Myriapoda
  • Isopoda
  • Protura
  • Diplura
  • species richness
  • forest microhabitats
  • alpha, beta, and gamma diversity
  • ecological factors affecting diversity

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The Arthropod Fauna of Oak (Quercus spp., Fagaceae) Canopies in Norway
Diversity 2021, 13(7), 332; https://doi.org/10.3390/d13070332 - 19 Jul 2021
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(1) We document the invertebrate fauna collected from 24 oak canopies in east and west Norway as a contribution to the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre’s ‘The Norwegian Taxonomy Initiative’. (2) A snap-shot inventory of the canopies was recorded by means of emitting a [...] Read more.
(1) We document the invertebrate fauna collected from 24 oak canopies in east and west Norway as a contribution to the Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre’s ‘The Norwegian Taxonomy Initiative’. (2) A snap-shot inventory of the canopies was recorded by means of emitting a mist of natural pyrethrum into the canopies at night using a petrol-driven fogger and collecting the specimens in butterfly nets spread on the ground under the canopy. (3) Almost the entire catch of more than 6800 specimens was identified to 722 species. Out of 92 species new to the Norwegian fauna, 21 were new to science and, additionally, 15 were new to the Nordic fauna. Diptera alone constituted nearly half of the species represented, with 61 new records (18 new species). Additionally, 24 Hymenoptera (one new species), six oribatid mites (two new species) and one Thysanoptera were new to the Norwegian fauna. (4) Our study emphasizes the importance of the oak tree as a habitat both for a specific fauna and occasional visitors, and it demonstrates that the canopy fogging technique is an efficient way to find the ‘hidden fauna’ of Norwegian forests. The low number of red listed species found reflects how poor the Norwegian insect fauna is still studied. Moreover, the implication of the IUCN red list criteria for newly described or newly observed species is discussed. Full article
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