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Response of carabid and arachnid assemblages on plant invasion in woodlots within an agricultural landscape
expand article infoMartin Štrobl, Pavel Saska§,, Miroslav Seidl, Milan Řezáč§, Michal Knapp, Tomáš Kadlec
‡ Department of Ecology, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 129, Praha – Suchdol, 165 00, Czech Republic
§ Functional Biodiversity Group, Crop Research Institute, Drnovská 507, Prague 6 – Ruzyně, 161 06, Czech Republic
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Landscape simplification and the spread of invasive species are considered the main threats to global biodiversity. It is well recognized that non-crop habitats bring complexity to farmland and provide refuge for arthropods. However, knowledge about the effects of invasive trees on arthropods in non-crop habitats in intensive agricultural landscapes is still weak. Therefore, we examined differences in the carabid and arachnid assemblages between woodlots formed by the invasive black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) and by native deciduous tree species in the intensive agricultural landscape in the Czech Republic, Central Europe. We sampled carabids, harvestmen and spiders by using pitfall traps, sweeping the vegetation and light trapping. Effects of woodlot’s habitat structure, land cover composition in the surroundings and the area of woodlots were included to the analyses. The abundance of carabids was lower in R. pseudoacacia woodlots. Carabid individuals could benefit from the more favourable microclimate in the native woodlots, in which relatively greater humidity may support more ample food resources. On the contrary, species richness of carabids did not differ between the woodlot types. The abundance and species richness of arachnids did not differ between the woodlot types. Number of individuals increased with increasing woodlot’s area and the species richness increased with the more open woodlot’s habitat structure. The forest specialists of both groups were associated with the native woodlots with more developed canopy and shrub layers. The diversity losses of the arachnid forest specialists in the R. pseudoacacia woodlots were replaced by the species exploiting well-developed herb layer, and open-habitat specialists, including threatened species. Conversely, carabids of open habitats had no affinity to woodlot types. Native woodlots and those formed by R. pseudoacacia differed in vegetation structure and hosted different arachnid and carabid assemblages. Therefore, parallel presence of both types of woodlots supports arthropod diversity in otherwise simplified agricultural landscapes through creating more complex mosaic of habitats.


biological invasion, Carabidae, forest fragments, invasive plants, non-crop habitats, Robinia pseudoacacia, spiders

Presenting author

Martin Štrobl

Presented at

19thECM poster


We thank Barbora Tojflová for help with fieldwork. We also thank Barbora Tojflová and Tomáš Jor for help with laboratory sample processing, Antonín Kůrka for help with the determination of spiders, and Tiit Teder, Ezequiel Gonzalez, and Jan Hanzelka for providing helpful comments.

Funding program

The study was supported by the Internal Grant Agency of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, CULS Prague (grant no. 20164222), and the Czech Science Foundation (grant no. 18-26542S). Milan Řezáč was funded by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic (project number RO0418).

Author contributions

MŠ, TK, and PS conceived basic idea and designed the study; MŠ, TK, and MS collected the samples; MŘ determined the spiders and harvestmen; MS and PS determined the carabids and MŠ analysed the data. All authors have been involved in an interpreting the data and contributed to drafts.

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