Université de Fribourg

Progressively excluding mammals of different body size affects community and trait structure of ground beetles

Wang, Xiaowei ; Steiner, Magdalena ; Schütz, Martin ; Vandegehuchte, Martijn L. ; Risch, Anita C.

In: Oikos, 2018, vol. 127, no. 10, p. 1515–1525

Mammalian grazing induces changes in vegetation properties in grasslands, which can affect a wide variety of other animals including many arthropods. However, the impacts may depend on the type and body size of these mammals. Furthermore, how mammals influence functional trait syndromes of arthropod communities is not well known. We progressively excluded large (e.g. red deer, chamois),...