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The Importance of Insect Monitoring to Conservation Actions in Hawaii

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Title: The Importance of Insect Monitoring to Conservation Actions in Hawaii
Authors: Medeiroa, Matthew J.
Eiben, Jesse A.
Haines, William P.
Kaholoaa, Raina
King, Cynthia B.A.
show 5 moreKrushelnycky, Paul D.
Magnacca, Karl N.
Rubinoff, Daniel
Starr, Forest
Starr, Kim

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Keywords: database, endemic species, indicator species, invasive species, moni- toring, population trends
Issue Date: Dec 2013
Publisher: Hawaiian Entomological Society
Citation: Proc Hawaiian Ent Soc (2013) 45: 149-166.
Abstract: Endemic insect species make up the overwhelming majority of Hawaii’s native fauna, and play many important ecological roles. Despite this, insects receive low levels of conservation funding, likely due to their small size, fluctuating popula- tion sizes, and lack of baseline data necessary to determine if they are threatened with extinction. To determine which insects are at risk, how insect populations fluctuate in natural areas, and which management actions are most beneficial to Hawaiian ecosystems, we propose that insects be monitored whenever possible. Insect monitoring should be broad, generating community-based metrics such as species richness, rather that focusing on individual species. Resultant data should be entered into a stable, central database. Rather than individual insect species being the explicit target of conservation, we emphasize that measures of insect diversity can provide an assessment of restoration efforts, and serve as a metric for prioritizing areas for conservation. We provide lists of additional recommenda- tions for land managers and research entomologists who wish to assist with insect conservation efforts.
ISSN: 0073-134X
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections:Volume 45 - December 2013 : Hawaiian Entomological Society

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