Original Article

A Contribution to the Scarabaeoid Beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea) in Forest Nurseries of the Western Black Sea Region of Türkiye


Department of Forest Engineering, Düzce University Faculty of Forestry, Düzce, Türkiye


Department of Forest Engineering, İzmir Kâtip Çelebi University Faculty of Forestry, İzmir, Türkiye


Museo di Storia Naturale dell’Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy

FORESTIST 2024; 74: 175-188
DOI: 10.5152/forestist.2024.23045
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A survey of Scarabaeoidea species was carried out in forest nurseries of the Western Black Sea region. Seven forest nurseries in five provinces were sampled between 2021 and 2022 using forceps, pitfall trap, sweep net, light trap, and pheromone trap. In total, 3 families, 8 subfamilies, 23 genera, and 24 species were identified in this study. The antennal sensilla and aedeagus of some scarab beetles were photographed using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and stereo micro scope. Results of Shannon–Wiener and Simpson diversity indices showed that the highest species diversity was recorded in Muzaffer Büyükterzi and Bolu Forest Nurseries with 2.254 and 1.985 respectively. Margalef’s richness index was found to be the highest in Muzaffer Büyükterzi Forest Nursery (3.620). The nursery with the highest dominance was found to be Pınar Forest Nursery with 0.351. Shannon and Simpson evenness results showed that Muzaffer Büyükterzi and Gölköy Forest Nurseries had the highest evenness with 0.907 and 0.156, respectively, while Pınar and Bolu Forest Nurseries had the lowest evenness with 0.475 and 0.081, respectively. At the end of the study, four insect species were new records for the region.

Cite this article as: Öztürk, N., Yüksel, B., Baysal, İ., & Dellacasa, M. (2024). A contri bution to the scarabaeoid beetles (coleoptera: scarabae oidea) in forest nurseries of the Western Black Sea region of Türkiye. Forestist, 74(2), 175-188.

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