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Diversity and abundance of fungivorous thrips (Thysanoptera) associated with leaf-litter and bark across forest types and two tree genera in subtropical Australia

Tree, D. J. and Walter, G. H. (2012) Diversity and abundance of fungivorous thrips (Thysanoptera) associated with leaf-litter and bark across forest types and two tree genera in subtropical Australia. Journal of Natural History, 46 (47-48). pp. 2897-2918. ISSN 00222933 (ISSN)

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00222933.2012.737037

Abstract

Leaf-litter thrips were much more common and diverse in dry sclerophyll forest than in wetter forest types in subtropical southeast Queensland, Australia. In dry sclerophyll forest, the species composition of thrips in leaf-litter was strongly differentiated from the thrips fauna associated with bark of the trees Eucalyptus major and Acacia melanoxylon (4 of 34 species in common). The species composition of bark-dwelling thrips was similar across the two tree species and also across two eucalypts with different bark types, Eucalyptus major (flaky) and Eucalyptus siderophloia (rough). The diversity of thrips from the leaf-litter was not differentiated across all of these tree species. Virtually all thrips collected were Phlaeothripidae, subfamilies Idolothripinae and Phlaeothripinae. Idolothripinae were associated almost exclusively with leaf-litter, but Phlaeothripinae were in leaf-litter and bark. The association of fungal-feeding thrips with dry sclerophyll forest raises questions about their ecological requirements and the role they play in nutrient cycling. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Biosecurity Queensland
Keywords:bark biodiversity fungal-feeding thrips Phlaeothripidae: leaf-litter abundance dicotyledon dry forest leaf litter nutrient cycling species diversity subtropical region thrips Australia Queensland
Subjects:Animal culture > Insect culture and beneficial insects
Forestry
Deposited On:28 Oct 2013 01:39
Last Modified:28 Oct 2013 01:39

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