Shrub-resident arthropods in an Eremophila and Senna–dominated shrubland

Shrub-resident arthropods in an Eremophila and Senna–dominated shrubland Conference Paper

16th Australian Rangeland Society Biennial Conference

  • Author(s): Kwok, A.B.C., Eldridge, D.J.
  • Published: 2010
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society

Abstract: Though shrub-encroached landscapes are viewed by some as ‘ecological deserts’, we know little of the biodiversity that they support. We investigated the shrub-resident arthropods in a turpentine (Eremophila sturtii)-silver cassia (Senna artemisioides) shrubland in eastern Australia, and how fine-scale shrub density affects these communities. We found that turpentine supported six times more arthropods than silver cassia (Hemiptera, Psocoptera and Collembola), as well as a distinct species assemblage of Hemipterans. Fine-scale shrub density also affects the Hemipteran community, particularly on silver cassia. We have shown that shrub-encroached landscapes support healthy arthropod communities, which are structured by shrub species and fine-scale patterns of shrub density.

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Kwok, A.B.C., Eldridge, D.J., 2010, Shrub-resident arthropods in an Eremophila and Senna–dominated shrubland, Conference Paper, viewed 09 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3594.

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