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The classification of insect communities: Lessons from orthopteran assemblages of semi-dry calcareous grasslands in central Germany

Whereas the classification of plant communities has a long tradition that of animal assemblages remains poorly developed. Here we propose a classification scheme for orthopteran communities based on regional "character species", "differential species" and "attendant species" at different levels of habitat complexity, which is also applicable to other insect groups. In this context there are three …