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Making the invisible visible: Determining an accurate national distribution of Elater ferrugineus in the United Kingdom using pheromones
School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, UK.
School of Biological Sciences, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, UK.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp.
Lund University, Lund.
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2017 (English)In: Insect Conservation and Diversity, ISSN 1752-458X, E-ISSN 1752-4598, Vol. 10, no 4, 1-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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To date, conservation-status saproxylic beetle species in the UK have been monitored by chance findings or by monitor-based observational studies. Here, using Elater ferrugineus as our target species, we present the first national distribution survey carried out in the UK or across mainland Europe on such a species using chemicals produced by the insect. Over 3 years, mark-release-recapture studies were performed across the UK, using 416 lured (pheromone) traps monitored by volunteer recorders; the first survey in Europe to do so. Traps were baited with 7-methyloctyl- (Z)-4-decenoate, a compound previously identified as a female sex pheromone. The results were used to plot a distribution map and investigate factors that may influence the distribution, including summer temperatures, possible habitat availability and larval food source. The survey revealed a south-eastern distribution of E. ferrugineus in the UK, which was suggested by previous casual studies. A correlative model was fitted to the data, indicating that 55% of the variation in the distribution of E. ferrugineus was explained by climatic variables (temperature and wind speed).

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2017. Vol. 10, no 4, 1-11 p.
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Aerial traps, Elater ferrugineus, National distribution, Pheromone, Saproxylic, Veteran trees
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-31108DOI: 10.1111/icad.12227ISI: 000404622500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-31108DiVA: diva2:1119004
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Available from: 2017-07-03 Created: 2017-07-03 Last updated: 2017-08-08Bibliographically approved

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