, Volume 74, Issue 7, pp 835–850 | Cite as

Key factors in organization of sandy orthopteran assemblages

  • Zoltán KenyeresEmail author
  • Szilárd Szabó
  • Csaba Szinetár
  • Gábor Takács
  • Norbert Bauer
Original Article


Orthopterans are important functional elements of ecosystems, in which several factors influence their distribution and density. Factors related to the vegetation, macro- and microclimate have been intensively investigated, although the role of the bedrock and soil in organization of orthopteran assemblages has not been explored sufficiently. Our results showed that general effects, as (1) dry, warm macro- and microclimate, (2) short vegetation, (3) presence of about 30% bare sand surface, are important habitat factors organizing sandy orthopteran assemblages of the Carpathian Basin too. Further we found that optimal climate and vegetation structure is not sufficient for a high species number of sand-specialists. Local assemblages rich in sand elements are related to sand areas characterised by a proportion of the fine fraction of the soil (= small-fine-dust fractions together) of around 80%.


Grasshoppers Climate Soil parameters Biogeography Aridity Insolation 



Szilard Szabo was financed by the Higher Education Institutional Excellence Programme of the Ministry of Human Capacities in Hungary, within the framework of thematic programme no. 4 of the University of Debrecen.

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Ethical approval

Studies were carried out with approval of Fertő-Hanság, Kiskunság, Duna-Ipoly and Balaton Uplands National Park Directorates.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Acrida Conservational Research L.PTapolcaHungary
  2. 2.Department of Physical Geography and GeoinformaticsUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary
  3. 3.Department of Zoology, Savaria CentreEötvös Loránd UniversitySzombathelyHungary
  4. 4.Fertő-Hanság National Park DirectorateSarródHungary
  5. 5.Department of BotanyHungarian Natural History MuseumBudapestHungary

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