Antsiferov A.L. 2017. [Changes in the structure of ground beetle communities (Coleoptera, Carabidae) of the forests of the Kostroma region during the multiyear natural reforestation of felling areas] // Euroasian Entomological Journal. Vol.16. No.3: 228–238 [in Russian, with English summary].

Nature museum of the Kostroma Region, Molochnaya Gora Str. 3, Kostroma 156000 Russia.


ABSTRACT. Species composition, their prevalence and ecological composition of ground beetles were studied on forest felling areas aged from 1–2 to 18 years. The diversity of species ranged from 37 to 69 and decreased with age of felling area while the abundance increased. The most abundant species inhabited the oldest felling areas while the majority of subdominant beetles were found on felling areas aged from 1–2 to 7–11 years. The ecological composition of beetles consisted of 10 ecological groups. The most abundant groups were mesophiles of open and closed landscapes. These groups succeed each other during reforestation. The ordination of age stages of felling was based on the structure of ground beetles communities. The effect of the ground beetle communities of adjoining forests on beetle communities of felling areas of different ages was studied.

KEY WORDS: ground beetles, felling areas, reforestation, species composition, abundance, ecological composition, ordination.

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