Variations in Carabidae assemblages across the farmland habitats in relation to selected environmental variables including soil properties


  • Beáta BARANOVÁ Department of Ecology, Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences, University of Prešov in Prešov
  • Danica FAZEKAŠOVÁ Department of Environmental Management, Faculty of Management, University of Prešov in Prešov
  • Peter MANKO Department of Ecology, Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences, University of Prešov in Prešov
  • Tomáš JÁSZAY The Šariš Museum in Bardejov, Department of Natural Sciences



arable land, ground beetles, meadows, non-crop habitats, soil moisture


The variations in ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) assemblages across the three types of farmland habitats, arable land, meadows and woody vegetation were studied in relation to vegetation cover structure, intensity of agrotechnical interventions and selected soil properties. Material was pitfall trapped in 2010 and 2011 on twelve sites of the agricultural landscape in the Prešov town and its near vicinity, Eastern Slovakia. A total of 14,763 ground beetle individuals were entrapped. Material collection resulted into 92 Carabidae species, with the following six species dominating: Poecilus cupreus, Pterostichus melanarius, Pseudoophonus rufipes, Brachinus crepitans, Anchomenus dorsalis and Poecilus versicolor. Studied habitats differed significantly in the number of entrapped individuals, activity abundance as well as representation of the carabids according to their habitat preferences and ability to fly. However, no significant distinction was observed in the diversity, evenness neither dominance. The most significant environmental variables affecting Carabidae assemblages species variability were soil moisture and herb layer 0-20 cm. Another best variables selected by the forward selection were intensity of agrotechnical interventions, humus content and shrub vegetation. The other from selected soil properties seem to have just secondary meaning for the adult carabids. Environmental variables have the strongest effect on the habitat specialists, whereas ground beetles without special requirements to the habitat quality seem to be affected by the studied environmental variables just little.