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Diversity and altitudinal distribution of Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera) in Peregrina Canyon, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Sánchez-Reyes UJ, Niño-Maldonado S, Jones RW - Zookeys (2014)

Bottom Line: Similarity values were less than 50% among the three sites indicating that each site had distinct species assemblages of Chrysomelidae.The highest abundance was obtained during the late dry season, whereas diversity indices were highest during the early wet season.These results highlight the importance of conservation of this heterogeneous habitat and establish baseline data for Chrysomelidae richness and diversity for the region.

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Affiliation: División de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigación. Instituto Tecnológico de Cd. Victoria. Boulevard Emilio Portes Gil No.1301, C.P. 87010. Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, México.

ABSTRACT
The Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera) is a highly speciose family that has been poorly studied at the regional level in Mexico. In the present study, we estimated species richness and diversity in oak-pine forest, Tamaulipan thorny scrub and in tropical deciduous forests in Peregrina Canyon within the Altas Cumbres Protected Area of the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Sampling of Chrysomelidae consisted of five sweep net samples (200 net sweeps) within each of three sites during four sample periods: early dry season, late dry season, early wet season, and late wet season. Species were identified and total numbers per species were recorded for each sample. A total of 2,226 specimens were collected belonging to six subfamilies, 81 genera and 157 species of Chrysomelidae from the study area. Galerucinae was the most abundant subfamily with 1,828 specimens, representing 82.1% of total abundance in the study area. Lower abundance was recorded in Cassidinae (8.5%), Eumolpinae (3.6%), Cryptocephalinae (2.2%), Chrysomelinae (2.2%), and finally Criocerinae (1.3%). The highest species richness was also presented in the subfamily Galerucinae with 49% of the total obtained species followed by Cassidinae (20%), Cryptocephalinae (9.7%), Eumolpinae (9.7%), Chrysomelinae (6.5%) and Criocerinae (5.2%). The most common species were Centralaphthona fulvipennis Jacoby (412 individuals), Centralaphthona diversa (Baly) (248), Margaridisa sp.1 (219), Acallepitrix sp.1 (134), Longitarsus sp.1 (104), Heterispa vinula (Erichson) (91), Epitrix sp.1 (84) and Chaetocnema sp.1 (72). Twenty-two species were doubletons (1.97% of total abundance) and 52 were singletons (2.33%). The estimated overall density value obtained was 0.0037 individuals/m2. The greatest abundance and density of individuals were recorded at the lowest elevation site. However, alpha diversity increased with increasing altitude. Similarity values were less than 50% among the three sites indicating that each site had distinct species assemblages of Chrysomelidae. The highest abundance was obtained during the late dry season, whereas diversity indices were highest during the early wet season. The present work represents the first report of the altitudinal variation in richness, abundance, and diversity of Chrysomelidae in Mexico. These results highlight the importance of conservation of this heterogeneous habitat and establish baseline data for Chrysomelidae richness and diversity for the region.

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Location of Peregrina Canyon in Tamaulipas, Mexico, and location of sampling sites along study area.
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Figure 1: Location of Peregrina Canyon in Tamaulipas, Mexico, and location of sampling sites along study area.

Mentions: The Peregrina Canyon (Canyon San Felipe or Liberty), is located in the northwest portion of municipality of Victoria, Tamaulipas, along the San Felipe River (Figure 1). The area is located in the Sierra Madre Oriental and is part of Altas Cumbres Protected Area, considered a Special Zone subject to Ecological Conservation established by state decree in 1997 (Vargas et al. 2001). The study area belongs to one of the 15 panbiogeographic nodes present in the country due to the overlap of three biotic provinces: Tamaulipas, Sierra Madre Oriental, and Mexican Gulf (Morrone and Márquez 2008). The altitude within the study area ranges from 340 to 1600 m. The climate of the region is warm and subhumid with summer rains; the mean annual temperature is 18 to 24.3 °C and the mean total annual rainfall is 717.3 mm to 1058.8 mm (Almaguer-Sierra 2005).


Diversity and altitudinal distribution of Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera) in Peregrina Canyon, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Sánchez-Reyes UJ, Niño-Maldonado S, Jones RW - Zookeys (2014)

Location of Peregrina Canyon in Tamaulipas, Mexico, and location of sampling sites along study area.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 1: Location of Peregrina Canyon in Tamaulipas, Mexico, and location of sampling sites along study area.
Mentions: The Peregrina Canyon (Canyon San Felipe or Liberty), is located in the northwest portion of municipality of Victoria, Tamaulipas, along the San Felipe River (Figure 1). The area is located in the Sierra Madre Oriental and is part of Altas Cumbres Protected Area, considered a Special Zone subject to Ecological Conservation established by state decree in 1997 (Vargas et al. 2001). The study area belongs to one of the 15 panbiogeographic nodes present in the country due to the overlap of three biotic provinces: Tamaulipas, Sierra Madre Oriental, and Mexican Gulf (Morrone and Márquez 2008). The altitude within the study area ranges from 340 to 1600 m. The climate of the region is warm and subhumid with summer rains; the mean annual temperature is 18 to 24.3 °C and the mean total annual rainfall is 717.3 mm to 1058.8 mm (Almaguer-Sierra 2005).

Bottom Line: Similarity values were less than 50% among the three sites indicating that each site had distinct species assemblages of Chrysomelidae.The highest abundance was obtained during the late dry season, whereas diversity indices were highest during the early wet season.These results highlight the importance of conservation of this heterogeneous habitat and establish baseline data for Chrysomelidae richness and diversity for the region.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: División de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigación. Instituto Tecnológico de Cd. Victoria. Boulevard Emilio Portes Gil No.1301, C.P. 87010. Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, México.

ABSTRACT
The Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera) is a highly speciose family that has been poorly studied at the regional level in Mexico. In the present study, we estimated species richness and diversity in oak-pine forest, Tamaulipan thorny scrub and in tropical deciduous forests in Peregrina Canyon within the Altas Cumbres Protected Area of the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Sampling of Chrysomelidae consisted of five sweep net samples (200 net sweeps) within each of three sites during four sample periods: early dry season, late dry season, early wet season, and late wet season. Species were identified and total numbers per species were recorded for each sample. A total of 2,226 specimens were collected belonging to six subfamilies, 81 genera and 157 species of Chrysomelidae from the study area. Galerucinae was the most abundant subfamily with 1,828 specimens, representing 82.1% of total abundance in the study area. Lower abundance was recorded in Cassidinae (8.5%), Eumolpinae (3.6%), Cryptocephalinae (2.2%), Chrysomelinae (2.2%), and finally Criocerinae (1.3%). The highest species richness was also presented in the subfamily Galerucinae with 49% of the total obtained species followed by Cassidinae (20%), Cryptocephalinae (9.7%), Eumolpinae (9.7%), Chrysomelinae (6.5%) and Criocerinae (5.2%). The most common species were Centralaphthona fulvipennis Jacoby (412 individuals), Centralaphthona diversa (Baly) (248), Margaridisa sp.1 (219), Acallepitrix sp.1 (134), Longitarsus sp.1 (104), Heterispa vinula (Erichson) (91), Epitrix sp.1 (84) and Chaetocnema sp.1 (72). Twenty-two species were doubletons (1.97% of total abundance) and 52 were singletons (2.33%). The estimated overall density value obtained was 0.0037 individuals/m2. The greatest abundance and density of individuals were recorded at the lowest elevation site. However, alpha diversity increased with increasing altitude. Similarity values were less than 50% among the three sites indicating that each site had distinct species assemblages of Chrysomelidae. The highest abundance was obtained during the late dry season, whereas diversity indices were highest during the early wet season. The present work represents the first report of the altitudinal variation in richness, abundance, and diversity of Chrysomelidae in Mexico. These results highlight the importance of conservation of this heterogeneous habitat and establish baseline data for Chrysomelidae richness and diversity for the region.

No MeSH data available.