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Experimental fires in a Mediterranean environment: effects on oribatid mite communities



The effect of high- and low-intensity experimental fires on oribatid mites communities was investigated in the Mediterranean maquis at “Castel Volturno” Nature Reserve (Caserta, southern Italy). Statistical and multivariate analysis indicated qualitative and quantitative differences in oribatid mite communities among investigated areas and among fire treatments. Non-metric multidimensional scaling showed site assemblages related to the time from experimental fires. Dry climatic conditions and fire intensity characterized oribatid mite populations in the study area. The combination of diversity indices showed an increase in species dominance and a decrease in evenness in burned areas two years after fires. From the faunistic contingent present in all sites, eurytopic species such as Punctoribates punctum, able to colonise a wide range of habitats, increased their abundance in burned areas in particular 728 days after fires.

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