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Is the dragonfly composition changing in Central Sweden?
Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering (SET).
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The dragonfly communities in Sweden may be affected in many ways. Loss of habitats, habitat alteration or even environmental toxins might have a negative impact on the communities. A new threat to the communities and to the species in general is climate change. In this study I examined whether the dragonfly composition had changed in an area in central Sweden between 1997 and 2010. I did a nestedness matrix to see if the dragonfly composition (only using partivoltine species) was more or less nested in 2010 than it was in 1997, i.e. if there was more unexpected species recorded in the area. I also looked at the surrounding of the lakes and whether the species were considered to be generalist species or specialist species. I found that the dragonfly composition had changed during these 13 years and that the composition was more nested in 1997 than in 2010, i.e. there was more unexpected species in the 2010 survey. I also recorded seven new species for the area and that six species had disappeared. Six species had gone from being generalists to being specialists. The surroundings had not changed significantly and I thus see climate change as a possible explanation to these changes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 15 p.
Keyword [en]
Odonata, Climate Change
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-16237OAI: diva2:441171
Subject / course
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2011-09-23 Created: 2011-09-14 Last updated: 2011-09-23Bibliographically approved

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