Biodiversity and Conservation

, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 1115–1131 | Cite as

Rising temperatures explain past immigration of the thermophilic oak-inhabiting beetle Coraebus florentinus (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in south-west Germany

  • Jörn BuseEmail author
  • Eva Maria Griebeler
  • Manfred Niehuis
Original Paper


Global warming enables the immigration of species previously absent from a given region. Coraebus florentinus (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) is a beetle with a Mediterranean distribution that has expanded its northern range margin northwards within the last 30 years. It develops in branches and shoots of oak (Quercus spp.) and is considered a pest in Mediterranean countries. By modelling the current spatial distribution of C. florentinus using three independent modelling approaches (generalised linear models, boosted regression trees, maximum entropy modelling) we identified abiotic factors which explain its current spatial distribution (1991–1999) in south-west Germany and reconstructed its immigration into Germany since 1950. All modelling approaches suggest that monthly maximum temperatures determined the range margin of the species in south-west Germany from 1991 to 1999. Occurrence probabilities increased exponentially with mean maximum temperatures higher than 10 °C in March and 22 °C in June. Mean precipitation in May also seems to be important for the species occurrence, particularly in regions where oaks grow on poor sandy soil; however, this generally plays a minor role. All of these environmental conditions are linked to higher reproduction of C. florentinus on oaks in warm and dry habitats, as reported from southern Europe. We show that climatic conditions for the beetle have improved significantly in south-west Germany since 1950, which is most likely the reason for the northward shift of its range margin. Our modelling results suggest a further range expansion of the beetle in Central Europe.


Climate change Logistic regression Boosted regression trees MaxEnt Forests Saproxylic beetles 



This study was funded as part of the project “Klima- und Landschaftswandel in Rheinland-Pfalz (KlimLandRP)” run by the “Ministerium für Umwelt, Forsten und Verbraucherschutz” of Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Many thanks go to Franz Badeck for his support with respect to the use of climate data from the TKCLIM-database. Soil data were kindly provided by the “Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe”. We thank Christophe Bouget, Hervé Brustel, Benjamin Calmont, Gianfranco Curletti, Jakub Horak, Marcos Méndez, and Louis-Michel Nageleisen for providing record data and general information on the spatial distribution of the beetle.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jörn Buse
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Eva Maria Griebeler
    • 1
  • Manfred Niehuis
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Ecology, Institute of ZoologyJohannes Gutenberg-University MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.University of Koblenz-Landau, Ecosystem AnalysisLandauGermany
  3. 3.AlbersweilerGermany

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