Effects of natural phenomena and human activity on the species richness of endemic and non-endemic Heteroptera in the Canary Islands

Vargas, J. M.  Guerrero, J. C.  Real, R.  

Abstract

The geographical patterns of Heteroptera species diversity in the Canary Islands were analysed, and endemic and non–endemic species were studied both together and separately. Causal processes most likely controlling these patterns, as well as the theory of island biogeography, hypotheses about evolutionary time, habitat heterogeneity, climatic stability, intermediate disturbances, energy, environmental favourableness–severity, productivity and human influence were investigated. The combination of habitat heterogeneity and human influence accounted for the total number of species. However, when endemic and non–endemic species were analysed separately, habitat heterogeneity and favourableness–severity explained the richness of endemic species, whereas habitat heterogeneity and human influence explained that of non–endemic species.

Key words

Canary Islands, Heteroptera, Species richness, Biogeography

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