Short-term effects of canopy and surface fire on centipede (Chilopoda) communities in a semi natural Mediterranean forest

Emiliano Trucchi, Monica Pitzalis, Marzio Zapparoli, Marco Bologna
2009 Entomologica Fennica  
Species composition and structure of centipede (Chilopoda) communities were studied in a sub-urban burnt forest on the Mediterranean coast near Roma, Italy. The study was carried out in two sites affected by canopy fire (complete vegetation destruction), one affected by surface fire (persistence of tree canopy), and three unburnt sites. Monthly, quantitative/qualitative samplings were performed in each site from April 2001 to April 2002 by pitfall trapping and one hour active search. Analyses
more » ... species composition, dominance structure, diversity and colonization progress were performed. Centipede communities of the sites affected by canopy fire were simply structured, poor in both species richness and diversity; conversely, species composition, structure and diversity of the community affected by surface fire were scarcely modified.
doi:10.33338/ef.84471 fatcat:fucfv3wzczfvdbbnn2uavlw3ky