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17 Feb 2016
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Human population density and tenebrionid richness covary in Mediterranean islands

Simone Fattorini and Giovanni Strona

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Arnold, C. (Ed.): The Mediterranean islands. A unique and comprehensive guide to the islands and islets of the Mediterranean, Mediterranean Islands, London, 416 pp., 2008.
Fattorini, S. (Ed.): Ecology and conservation of tenebrionid beetles in Mediterranean coastal areas, in: Insect Ecology and Conservation, Research Signpost, Trivandrum, Kerala, India, 165–297, 2008.
Fattorini, S. and Dapporto, L.: Assessing small island prioritisation using species rarity: the tenebrionid beetles of Italy, Journal of Integrated Coastal Zone Management, 14, 185–197, 2014.
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An unexpected high biodiversity can be found even in densely inhabited areas, possibly as a result of a tendency of human settlements to be located in sites particularly favourable also for other organisms. We studied the relationship between human density and tenebrionid beetle richness in Italian islands. Tenebrionid richness increased with human population density. This suggests that islands that are more hospitable to humans are also those that can be more favourable for tenebrionids.
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