Entomological Review

, Volume 97, Issue 7, pp 870–892 | Cite as

Springtails (Collembola) of eastern Chukotka: Characteristics of the fauna and species assemblages



A total of 139 collembolan species from 55 genera were found in coastal tundra near the settlement of Lavrentiya in the eastern part of the Chukchi Peninsula. The local fauna of the region is quite “Beringian” in species composition but its structure appears to be in full agreement with the known characteristics of southern tundra faunas of other sectors in the Arctic. The specificity of collembolan complexes of the main plant associations in the studied area is not very high because the predominant collembolan species usually inhabit a wide range of communities. The performed study on Collembola fails to confirm the conventional view of a significantly higher diversity of northeastern Palaearctic faunas. Despite the rather southern position of the studied coastal tundra, the species richness of its collembolan fauna seems to be the same as or only slightly higher than that of analogous landscapes in the other Arctic sectors. The apparent discrepancy between relatively low diversity of Collembola at the local level as shown herein and its rich regional fauna may be the result of increased differentiation of the collembolan fauna of the region characterized by very complex orography and extremely contrasting climatic conditions.


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  1. 1.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and EvolutionRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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