The habitat requirement of the Genji-firefly Luciola cruciata (Coleoptera : Lampyridae), a representative endemic species of Japanese rural landscapes

  • Mari Takeda
  • Tatsuya Amano
  • Kazuhiro Katoh
  • Hiroyoshi Higuchi
Part of the Topics in Biodiversity and Conservation book series (TOBC, volume 1)


Raising public interest in nature through conserving species of high social interest is crucial in achieving effective conservation of biodiversity. In Japan, the Genji-firefly Luciola cruciata (Coleoptera Lampyridae) in biodiversity rich agricultural landscapes called the satoyama has always attracted exceptional public interest. This study provides rare information on environmental factors associated with the abundance of the Genji-firefly. Stepwise backward multiple regression revealed that firefly abundance increased with increasing pH, DO and prey abundance while decreasing with water depth and the proportion of artificially modified ditch length. These factors are thought to be influential mainly to the larval and pre-pupal periods of the firefly. The implications of the results for the conservation of the Genji-firefly are discussed, with reference to the relationship between Genji-firefly conservation and extensive biodiversity conservation in the satoyama.

Key words

Abundance Agricultural landscape Aquatic insects Ditch modification Water quality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mari Takeda
    • 1
  • Tatsuya Amano
    • 1
  • Kazuhiro Katoh
    • 2
  • Hiroyoshi Higuchi
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Biodiversity Science, School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Laboratory of Agricultural Field Ecology, School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoChibaJapan

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