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Urban areas as hot-spots for introduced and shelters for native isopod species

Vilisics, Ferenc and Hornung, Erzsébet (2009) Urban areas as hot-spots for introduced and shelters for native isopod species. URBAN ECOSYSTEMS, 12 (3). pp. 333-345. ISSN 1083-8155

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Abstract

Isopod assemblages were studied in Budapest, capital of Hungary. The analyses of literary and field data revealed a high species richness (28 species), compared to the total species number (57) in Hungary. Habitats characteristics for the city were categorized as native forests, urban forests, gardens of Buda, gardens of Pest, public parks, densely built-up areas and botanical gardens. We hypothesized that isolated and diverse habitat patches in the city matrix of Budapest support the introduction and establishment of exotic species and the survival of native ones. The composition of assemblages varied among sampling sites, but were characteristic for the biotope categories. We concluded that forests, parks and gardens play an important role in the survival of native isopod populations. Species numbers were highest in the gardens of Buda and in the botanical gardens (both 17 species). The overall presence of cosmopolitan and disturbance-tolerant species indicates an ongoing homogenization process. Key-words: soil fauna, woodlice, urban biodiversity, species introduction, taxonomic uniformity

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QE Geology / földtudományok
Q Science / természettudomány > QL Zoology / állattan
SWORD Depositor: MTMT SWORD
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2013 12:09
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2013 12:09
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/7224

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