Clear-cutting before burning prevents establishment of the fire-adapted Agonum quadripunctatum (Coleoptera: Carabidae)
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): L. O. Wikars
Publication Year: 1995

Cataloging Information

  • Agonum quadripunctatum
  • arthropods
  • Betula pubescens
  • boreal forests
  • Calluna vulgaris
  • Carabidae
  • Cladonia
  • clearcutting
  • Coleoptera
  • combustion
  • community ecology
  • competition
  • coniferous forests
  • Dicranum
  • disturbance
  • duff
  • field experimental fires
  • fire adaptations (animals)
  • fire intensity
  • forest management
  • habitat suitability
  • Hylocomium splendens
  • insect ecology
  • insects
  • invertebrates
  • microclimate
  • mortality
  • mosses
  • old growth forests
  • partial cutting
  • Picea abies
  • Pinus sylvestris
  • Pleurozium schreberi
  • population density
  • population ecology
  • Populus tremula
  • post fire recovery
  • predation
  • Pterostichus adstrictus
  • reproduction
  • sampling
  • Scandinavia
  • shrubs
  • soil organisms
  • species diversity (animals)
  • statistical analysis
  • succession
  • Sweden
  • understory vegetation
  • Vaccinium myrtillus
  • Vaccinium vitis-idaea
  • wildfires
  • wildlife food habits
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FRAMES Record Number: 36859
Tall Timbers Record Number: 11280
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TTRS Call Number: QH 545.FS W54 1997
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Breeding populations of the fire-adapted carabid-beetle A. quadripunctatum were found in most of the fifteen investigated burned, uncut forests, but not in any of the fifteen burned clear-cuts, although a few immigrants were found in two of them. The proportion of open-habitat carabid species progressively increased during the two first seasons after both clear-cutting and prescribed burning. These species are spring breeders in contrast to the summer-autumn breeding species found in the forest. Population of carabids, and other beetles as well, were more or less unaffected by an experimental low intensity fire. The possiblity that surviving open-habitat carabid species on burned clear-cuts prevent A. quadripunctatum from establishing successful breeding populations is discussed.

Wikars, L. O. 1995. Clear-cutting before burning prevents establishment of the fire-adapted Agonum quadripunctatum (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Annales Zoologici Fennici, v. 32, p. 375-384.