The importance of Cerambycoidea for Turkish biodiversity on the base of the endemics (Coleoptera)

Abstract :

Endemism richness can be interpreted as the specific contribution of an area to global biodiversity. The degree of endemism for an area is often cited as a measure of the uniqueness of the fauna and consequently is important for prioritizing sites for conservation. Turkey has continental properties considering both species richness and endemism richness in terms of its covered area on the Earth. Turkish Cerambycoidea includes a total of 816 species group taxa (712 species and 104 subspecies belonging to 130 genera of 56 tribes of 12 subfamilies of 2 families). The endemism ratio for Turkish fauna of Cerambycoidea is 41.42% in 9 subfamilies of 2 families. Because, only 3 subfamilies in the family Cerambycidae (Prioninae Latreille, 1802; Aseminae Thomson, 1861 and Spondylidinae Audinet-Serville, 1832) do not include any endemic species. Consequently, Turkey can be interpreted as a “biodiversity hotspot” on the Earth in terms of the fauna of Cerambycoidea that is an important animal group for Turkish biodiversity in respect to both species richness and endemism richness

Keyword :

Endemism, biodiversity, Cerambycidae, Vesperidae, Cerambycoidea, Coleoptera, Turkey

Author(s) : Özdikmen, H.
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Published Issue : 2012 Vol. 7 Number 2

2012 Vol. 7 Number 2