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Diversity of Flower Visiting Beetles at Higher Elevations on the Yulong Snow Mountain (Yunnan, China)
Li,Kai-Qin; Ren,Zong-Xin; Li,Qiang
2021
Source PublicationDIVERSITY-BASEL
ISSN1424-2818
Volume13Issue:11Pages:604
AbstractBackground: Flowers are one of the important microhabitats promoting beetle diversity, but little is known about variation in the diversity of these insects at higher elevations. We do not know how divergent habitats influence the distribution of beetles among montane flora. Methods: We sampled beetles systematically in angiosperm flowers at 12 sites at two elevations (2700 m and 3200 m) and in two habitats (meadows and forests) for two consecutive years (2018 and 2019) on the Yulong Snow Mountain in Yunnan, southwestern China. Beetle diversity among sites were compared. Their interactions with flowers of identified plant species were analyzed using bipartite networks approach. Results: We collected 153 species of beetles from 90 plant species recording 3391 interactions. While plant species richness was lower at the higher, 3200 m elevation regardless of habitat type, beetle species richness was not significantly different among sites. Plant-beetle interaction networks were strongly modular and specialized. The structure of networks showed greater differences between elevations than between habitats. The turnover of networks was determined by species composition showing a weak influence by interaction rewiring. Conclusion: Our study showed a high diversity of beetles in flowers at higher elevations within this mountain complex. The role of beetles in plant-insect interactions within some sections of temperate, montane sites appear to be underestimated and warrant further study.
Keywordalpine diversity Hengduan Mountain modularity plant-insect interaction FLORAL BIOLOGY RAIN-FOREST POLLINATION COLEOPTERA COMMUNITY SPECIALIZATION NETWORKS SARAWAK ANDES
DOI10.3390/d13110604
WOS IDWOS:000724729800001
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.kib.ac.cn/handle/151853/73526
Collection中国科学院昆明植物研究所
Affiliation1.[Li, Kai-Qin
2.Yunnan Agr Univ, Coll Plant Protect, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Zool, Kunming Nat Hist Museum Zool, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, Key Lab Plant Div & Biogeog East Asia, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China
5.Lijiang Forest Biodivers Natl Observat & Res Stn, Lijiang 674100, Peoples R China
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Li,Kai-Qin,Ren,Zong-Xin,Li,Qiang. Diversity of Flower Visiting Beetles at Higher Elevations on the Yulong Snow Mountain (Yunnan, China)[J]. DIVERSITY-BASEL,2021,13(11):604.
APA Li,Kai-Qin,Ren,Zong-Xin,&Li,Qiang.(2021).Diversity of Flower Visiting Beetles at Higher Elevations on the Yulong Snow Mountain (Yunnan, China).DIVERSITY-BASEL,13(11),604.
MLA Li,Kai-Qin,et al."Diversity of Flower Visiting Beetles at Higher Elevations on the Yulong Snow Mountain (Yunnan, China)".DIVERSITY-BASEL 13.11(2021):604.
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