Assemblages of herb-dwelling spiders (Araneae) of various steppe types in Ukraine and the Central Chernozem region of Russia

  • A total of 107 spider species from 15 families were recorded in the herbaceous vegetation of the steppe ecosystems of Ukraine and the Central Chernozem region of Russia. Araneidae, Thomisidae, Salticidae and Theridiidae were the most species-rich. The species composition depended on the steppe type; adjacent forest habitats influenced steppe fauna in the forest-steppe and northern part of the steppe natural zone. The number of generalist, forest and wetland dwelling species in the steppe vegetation showed a tendency to decrease towards the south. Dominance of herb-dwelling spiders was specific to each steppe type; no single species was found to predominate in all the steppe habitats.

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Author:Nina Y. Polchaninova
Parent Title (English):Arachnologische Mitteilungen
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2013/02/18
Year of first Publication:2012
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2013/02/18
Tag:dominance structure; species distribution; spider communities; steppe ecosystems
Page Number:13
First Page:66
Last Page:78
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Arachnologische Mitteilungen / Arachnologische Mitteilungen, Heft 43 (2012)
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht