Macrolepidopteran assemblages along an altitudinal gradient in subtropical rainforest - exploring indicators of climate change

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Title Macrolepidopteran assemblages along an altitudinal gradient in subtropical rainforest - exploring indicators of climate change
Author Ashton, Louise Amy; Kitching, Roger; Maunsell, Sarah Caroline; Bito, Darren; Putland, David Alan
Journal Name Memoirs of the Queensland Museum
Editor Chris J. Burwell, Akihiro Nakamura, Roger L. Kitching
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Queensland Museum
Abstract Moth assemblages have been widely used to estimate patterns of beta-diversity in forest ecosystems. As part of the IBISCA-Queensland project we examined patterns of diversity in a large subset of night-flying moths along an altitudinal gradient in subtropical rainforest. The permanent IBISCA-Queensland transect located in Lamington National Park, south-east Queensland, Australia, spans altitudes from 300 metres (m) to 1100 m above sea level (a.s.l.) within continuous, undisturbed rainforest. We sampled four replicate plots at each of five altitudes (300, 500, 700, 900, 1100 m a.s.l.). A total of 11 379 individual moths were sampled, belonging to approximately 865 morphospecies. Moth assemblages displayed a strong altitudinal signal at each of two sampling periods (October 2006 and March 2007). The results show that cloud forest above 900 m a.s.l. where Nothofagus moorei becomes dominant, contains a number of moth species that are restricted to the high elevation forest and these species may be most threatened by climatic change. The analyses presented here suggest a set of 18 moth species which may be useful as part of a multi-taxon predictor set for future monitoring of the impact of global warming on forest biodiversity.  climate change, subtropical, rainforest, IBISCA
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Queensland Museum. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 55
Issue Number 2
Page from 375
Page to 389
ISSN 0079-8835
Date Accessioned 2012-01-27
Date Available 2013-05-14T01:29:01Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Environmental Futures Research Institute
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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