Mini-Cockchafers reveal threatening fragmentation of South African Forests

The remains of South Africa’s indigenous forests hold a valuable and unique wildlife, fostered by long-term climatic stability and complex patterns of local climates. Researchers of the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig – Leibniz-Institute for Biodiversity of animals (ZFMK, Bonn, Germany) now investigated their still debated natural extend at hand of forest-associated chafers. Models of the beetle’s potential distribution were calculated using data on their preferred climate and occurrence. In combination with genetic data, they indicated a threatening break-down of habitat connectivity which could be the case also for other forest species. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)