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Saproxylic Insects

Diversity, Ecology and Conservation

  • Michael D. Ulyshen

Part of the Zoological Monographs book series (ZM, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Matthew L. Gimmel, Michael L. Ferro
      Pages 51-128
    3. Michael D. Ulyshen
      Pages 129-147
    4. Michael D. Ulyshen
      Pages 167-192
    5. Petr Bogusch, Jakub Horák
      Pages 217-235
    6. Joshua R. King, Robert J. Warren II, Daniel S. Maynard, Mark A. Bradford
      Pages 237-262
    7. Martin M. Gossner, Claas Damken
      Pages 263-317
    8. Tomasz Jaworski
      Pages 319-338
    9. David E. Bignell
      Pages 339-373
  3. Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 375-375
    2. Tone Birkemoe, Rannveig M. Jacobsen, Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson, Peter H. W. Biedermann
      Pages 377-427
    3. Antoine Brin, Christophe Bouget
      Pages 471-514
    4. Heike Feldhaar, Bastian Schauer
      Pages 515-546
  4. Conservation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 579-579

About this book


This volume offers extensive information on insect life in dying and dead wood. Written and reviewed by leading experts from around the world, the twenty-five chapters included here provide the most global coverage possible and specifically address less-studied taxa and topics. An overarching goal of this work is to unite literature that has become fragmented along taxonomic and geographic lines. A particular effort was made to recognize the dominant roles that social insects (e.g., termites, ants and passalid beetles) play in saproxylic assemblages in many parts of the world without overlooking the non-social members of these communities.

The book is divided into four parts:

  • Part I “Diversity” includes chapters addressing the major orders of saproxylic insects (Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, Hemiptera, Lepidoptera and Blattodea), broadly organized in decreasing order of estimated global saproxylic diversity. In addition to order-level treatments, some chapters in this part discuss groups of particular interest, including pollinators, hymenopteran parasitoids, ants, stag and passalid beetles, and wood-feeding termites.
  • Part II “Ecology” discusses insect-fungal and insect-insect interactions, nutritional ecology, dispersal, seasonality, and vertical stratification.
  • Part III “Conservation” focuses on the importance of primary forests for saproxylic insects, offers recommendations for conserving these organisms in managed forests, discusses the relationships between saproxylic insects and fire, and addresses the value of tree hollows and highly-decomposed wood for saproxylic insects. Utilization of non-native wood by saproxylic insects and the suitability of urban environments for these organisms are also covered.
  • Lastly, Part IV “Methodological Advancements” highlights molecular tools for assessing saproxylic diversity.

The book offers an accessible and insightful resource for natural historians of all kinds and will especially appeal to entomologists, ecologists, conservationists and foresters.


Arthropods Dead wood Forest management Wood decomposition Ants Termites Wood debris Dead wood ecology Saproxylic diversity Passalidae

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael D. Ulyshen
    • 1
  1. 1.Southern Research StationUSDA Forest ServiceAthensUSA

About the editors

Michael D. Ulyshen

Research Entomologist
USDA Forest Service
Southern Research Station
320 Green Street
Athens,  Georgia 30602, USA
Phone: 706-559-4296

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Saproxylic Insects
  • Book Subtitle Diversity, Ecology and Conservation
  • Editors Michael D. Ulyshen
  • Series Title Zoological Monographs
  • Series Abbreviated Title Zoological Monographs
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information This is a U.S. government work and its text is not subject to copyright protection in the United States; however, its text may be subject to foreign copyright protection. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-75936-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09358-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-75937-1
  • Series ISSN 2523-3904
  • Series E-ISSN 2523-3912
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 904
  • Number of Illustrations 23 b/w illustrations, 88 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Entomology
    Forestry Management
    Conservation Biology/Ecology
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