Homepage Klaus Hövemeyer
zur Abteilung Ökologie
Ecology Research Group
Institute of Zoology and Anthropology
Klaus Hövemeyer
zur Universität Göttingen

Research Interests
Community Ecology of Spiders

A mycryphantid spider

I am working in this field in close co-operation
with Dr Gabriele Stippich.
We have shown that catches of spiders obtained from emergence traps are well suited to describe spider communities; in fact, such catches appear to give a more balanced picture of spider communities than do other trapping methods (Hövemeyer & Stippich 2000).

Using catches from the five habitats (see Diptera), we analysed community structure of spiders (in prep.). As in the Diptera, it proved to be important to look at individual ecological groups in isolation.

I also tested various hypotheses on small-scale species density of spiders. It turned out that species densities of those ecological groups of spiders, who could be expected to utilize habitat structures in a way similar to dipteran zoophages, varied in parallel with that of zoophagous Diptera in the woody habitats(Hövemeyer 2002).

Selected Publications
HÖVEMEYER, K. & STIPPICH, G. (2000): Assessing spider community structure in a beech forest: Effects of sampling method. European Journal of Entomology 97: 369-375.
HÖVEMEYER, K. (2002): Testing hypotheses in community ecology: Resource heterogeneity and the diversity of flies and spiders. Zoology 105: 72.
HÖVEMEYER, K. (2000): Feuchtigkeits- und Belichtungspräferenzen bei Spinnen - Ein Vergleich von zwei Klassifizierungssystemen. Arachnologische Mitteilungen 19: 14-27.

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Research Interests

  • Soil-dwelling Dipteran Larvae

  • Xylobiont Diptera

  • Community ecology of Diptera

  • Community Ecology of Spiders

  • Ecology of the Allium Food Web

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    Verantwortlich: Klaus Hövemeyer   Stand: August 2002