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R. Farkas Aggtelek National Park Directorate Tengerszem oldal 1 3758 Jósvafő Hungary

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B. Páll-Gergely Shinshu University Department of Biology Matsumoto 390-8621 Japan

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F. Vilisics Helsinki University Faculty of Bio- and Environmental Sciences, Department of Environmental Sciences P.O. Box 65 00014 Helsinki Finland

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A. Nagy University of Debrecen Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management, Institute of Plant Protection Böszörményi St. 138 4032 Debrecen Hungary

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E. Hornung Szent István University Faculty of Veterinary Science, Institute for Biology Rottenbiller St. 50 1077 Budapest Hungary

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P. Sólymos University of Debrecen Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and Environmental Management, Institute of Plant Protection Böszörményi St. 138 4032 Debrecen Hungary

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We determined microhabitat associations for 39 land snail species based on multimodel inference and generalized linear mixed models using a comprehensive and micro-scale data set from the Aggtelek Karst Area, Hungary. Patterns of microhabitat associations were highly nested among microhabitat types (litter, live trees, dead wood, rock) with high number of specialist species in dead wood and in rock microhabitats. Species composition was highly predictable in these microhabitats as opposed to live tree and litter faunas. Species richness was affected by microhabitat, topographic factors and local moisture conditions. Species richness in dead wood and rock microhabitats remained high irrespective of the topographic effects as opposed to litter and live tree microhabitats, where richness decreased with drier microhabitat conditions due to topography. Our results imply that consideration of topographic factors and microhabitat quality as part of coarse filter conservation measures could be beneficial to local land snail populations in the face of changing climate and disturbance regimes.

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Community Ecology
Language English
Size A4
Year of
Foundation
2000
Volumes
per Year
1
Issues
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3
Founder Akadémiai Kiadó
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Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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ISSN 1585-8553 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2756 (Online)