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27 Mar 2023
Standard article |  | 27 Mar 2023

Little evidence for land-use filters on intraspecific trait variation in three arthropod groups

Katja Wehner, Matthias Brandt, Andrea Hilpert, Nadja K.​​​​​​​ Simons, and Nico Blüthgen

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We focus on the consequences of land-use intensity on functional trait variation within species. In general, only few effects on intraspecific trait variation were found showing a decreasing variation with increasing land-use intensity in forests but an increasing variation in grasslands. Although many studies confirmed strong land-use impacts on arthropod communities, we were not able to confirm similar effects at the intraspecific level.