Invertebrate survey of a modified native shrubland, Brookdale covenant, Rock and Pillar Range, Otago, New Zealand

José G.B. Derraik, Barbara I.P. Barratt, Phil Sirvid, Roderick P. MacFarlane, Brian H. Patrick, John Early, Alan C. Eyles, Peter M. Johns, Patricia M. Fraser, Gary M. Barker, Rosa Henderson, Pam J. Dale, Mark S. Harvey, Graham Fenwick, Ian D. McLellan, Katharine J.M. Dickinson, Gerard P. Closs

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Abstract

This is the first published invertebrate survey focusing on a low-altitude shrubland community in New Zealand. Invertebrates were collected from a remnant native shrubland (450 m) protected by the Brookdale Conservation Covenant, Rock and Pillar Range, Otago, New Zealand in late summer/autumn 1999. Sampling was carried out by beating 30 randomly chosen shrubs of each of two native species: Olearia bullata H. D. Wilson & Garnock-Jones (Asteraceae) and Coprosma propinqua A. Cunn. (Rubiaceae). Fifty pitfall traps were also set under the same shrubs and on nearby open patches of exotic grassland. Three Phyla, six Classes, 25 Orders and approximately 280 species were recorded. An annotated list of taxa is presented, and plant/host associations plus other observations on the fauna are discussed. Approximately 90% of the identified species were endemic, emphasising the importance of such remnant habitats for the protection of New Zealand's biodiversity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-290
Number of pages18
JournalNew Zealand Journal of Zoology
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes

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    Derraik, J. G. B., Barratt, B. I. P., Sirvid, P., MacFarlane, R. P., Patrick, B. H., Early, J., Eyles, A. C., Johns, P. M., Fraser, P. M., Barker, G. M., Henderson, R., Dale, P. J., Harvey, M. S., Fenwick, G., McLellan, I. D., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Closs, G. P. (2001). Invertebrate survey of a modified native shrubland, Brookdale covenant, Rock and Pillar Range, Otago, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 28(3), 273-290. https://doi.org/10.1080/03014223.2001.9518270