Carabid Beetles: Ecology and Evolution

Volume 51 of the series Series Entomologica pp 37-43

Patterns of distribution of the genus Carabus L. in Europe: approaches and preliminary results

  • L. D. PenevAffiliated withSevertsov’s Institute of Animal Evolutionary Morphology & Ecology
  • , H. TurinAffiliated withNational Museum of Natural History

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The factors determining species’ distributions and assemblage compositions can be divided into three main groups: regional, caused mostly by historical reasons, zonal, reflecting macroclimatic gradients, and local, determined by local ecological conditions. This paper aims to analyze the distribution of species and the variation of species assemblages at various spatial scales within the European continent, and summarizes some preliminary results of an extensive biogeographical project.