Journal article

Urban street lighting differentially affects community attributes of airborne and ground-dwelling invertebrate assemblages

Martin T Lockett, Theresa M Jones, Mark A Elgar, Kevin J Gaston, Marcel E Visser, Gareth R Hopkins

JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

The introduction of artificial light at night (ALAN) into natural and urbanised landscapes is a known and highly pervasive disruptor of invertebrate communities. However, the effect of variation in intensity and spectra of ALAN on invertebrate communities inhabiting different spatial niches is little understood. Further, the remarkable ability of ALAN to continue to disrupt biodiversity even in chronically illuminated urban landscapes is not often acknowledged. Here, we simultaneously sampled airborne and ground-dwelling invertebrate assemblages under and between urban street lights to explore the effects on community composition and abundance of (a) proximity to decadal (i.e. long-illuminat..

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