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Serengeti IVSustaining biodiversity in a coupled human-natural system$
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Anthony R. E. Sinclair, Kristine L. Metzger, Simon A. R. Mduma, and John M. Fryxell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226195834

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226196336.001.0001

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Invertebrates of the Serengeti

Invertebrates of the Serengeti

Disturbance Effects on Arthropod Diversity and Abundance

(p.265) Ten Invertebrates of the Serengeti
Serengeti IV

Sara N. de Visser

Bernd P. Freymann

Robert F. Foster

Ally K. Nkwabi

Kristine L. Metzger

Andrew W. Harvey

Anthony R. E. Sinclair

University of Chicago Press

Our understanding of Serengeti’s invertebrates greatly lags behind our knowledge of Serengeti’s vertebrates. However, here we show some examples of interesting ecological interactions between these two groups. For this alone, arthropods deserve a lot more attention. In this chapter we show that arthropods may play important roles in offering resources to vertebrates, in the process of decomposition and potentially other processes important to savannas. We show that arthropod diversity and abundance are sensitive to certain perturbations that are present in and around Serengeti. Of interest here is the apparent lack of competition among arthropods (correcting for the different feeding guilds), as indicated by the discrepancy of change in diversity without change in species evenness, e.g. in grazing treatments. We propose several hypotheses of the documented patterns, some in relation to the larger mammalian herbivores that could be investigated in more detail. We hope these preliminary results will stimulate further research of invertebrates in Serengeti.

Keywords:   invertebrates, vertebrate studies, Serengeti, Arthropod, ecological interactions

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