Author First name, Last name, Institution

Brigitte Howarth, Zayed University
Michael P.T. Gillett

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

ZooKeys

Publication Date

12-1-2009

Abstract

Conservation of larger terrestrial organisms is easier in comparison with arthropods because those groups are more visible, are generally better known and their requirements more likely to have been described and documented. Arthropods are often very small, e.g. the average size of a beetle is 4 mm, and this means that much arthropod biodiversity has thus far not been described. Many arthropod species are of ecological importance and may be regarded as keystone species in their environment without which ecosystems would collapse. This has widely been recognized and much research is under way. Nowadays there is an urgency for arthropod biodiversity research because habitats are either being degraded, fragmented or destroyed before a baseline of the arthropod fauna has been recorded and their ecological roles have been understood. Private collections have a role in recording baseline data and may be able to provide important information in identifying indicator species, particularly where land use has changed since the date of collection. Using data from the joint Al Ain and Abu Dhabi Emirates Natural History Group private collection, this paper will illustrate how data collected over more than 20 years can assist with arthropod biodiversity research and conservation. © Howarth B, Gillett MPT.

ISSN

1313-2970

Publisher

Pensoft Publishers

Volume

31

Issue

SPEC. ISSUE 6

First Page

119

Last Page

132

Disciplines

Life Sciences

Keywords

Atractocerus, Biodiversity conservation, Buprestidae, Callytron monalisa, Cicindelidae, Julodis candida, Mantispa nana, Mantispidae, Mydidae, Odontomyia, Private collections, Pseudocastalia arabica, Stratiomyidae, UAE insect fauna

Scopus ID

77951066684

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

yes

Open Access Type

Gold: This publication is openly available in an open access journal/series

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