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Akos Fejér, Oana Teodora Moldovan
Population size and dispersal patterns for a drimeotus (coleoptera, leiodidae, leptodirini) cave population
Subterranean Biology
2013
11
31
44

Drimeotus viehmanni (ColeopteraLeiodidae) is abundant in the cave Peştera cu Apă din Valea Leşului (Western Carpathians) and was chosen for a mark-release-resight experiment. The aims of the experiment were to estimate the size of the population and to analyze the dispersal patterns inside the cave, for conservation purposes. During the three years’ study, the observed abundance of Drimeotus viehmanni was significantly higher in summer compared to the winter season. The seasonal dynamics can not be explained by climate features such as temperature and air relative humidity which had low or no variation during all seasons. Few marked beetles were re-seen during the mark-resight experiment proving the existence of an important cave/subterranean population, which was estimated between 5, 084 and 533, 033 individuals. The marked individuals moved between neighbouring patches on a distance of 10 m over the same amount of time as on distances longer than 200 m. Dispersal inside the cave occurs during the winter months, which indicates non-continuous behaviour triggered by environmental features and involving only a negligible part of the population in the studied cave.

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Akos Fejér, Oana Teodora Moldovan, 2013, Population size and dispersal patterns for a drimeotus (coleoptera, leiodidae, leptodirini) cave population , Subterranean Biology , 11 , 31 - 44 http://www.pensoft.net/journals/subtbiol/, PDF