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Tenebrionid Beetle Diversity and Habitat Complexity in the Eastern Mojave Desert
Donald B. Thomas, Jr.
The Coleopterists Bulletin
Vol. 37, No. 2 (Jun., 1983), pp. 135-147
Published by: The Coleopterists Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4008003
Page Count: 13
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Tenebrionid beetle communities were examined in saltbush, creosote-bursage, and pure creosote habitats in the eastern Mojave Desert. Tenebrionid species richness was not correlated with vegetational complexity; each study area supported 14-15 species. Although beetle species composition differed somewhat between habitats, a nucleus of common tenebrionid species was found in all three plant communities. With regard to these common species, there was little evidence for seasonal or microhabitat niche separation.
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