Antarctic Entomology

Steven L. Chown, Peter Convey

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The Antarctic region comprises the continent, the Maritime Antarctic, the sub-Antarctic islands, and the southern cold temperate islands. Continental Antarctica is devoid of insects, but elsewhere diversity varies from 2 to more than 200 species, of which flies and beetles constitute the majority. Much is known about the drivers of this diversity at local and regional scales; current climate and glacial history play important roles. Investigations of responses to low temperatures, dry conditions, and varying salinity have spanned the ecological to the genomic, revealing new insights into how insects respond to stressful conditions. Biological invasions are common across much of the region and are expected to increase as climates become warmer. The drivers of invasion are reasonably well understood, although less is known about the impacts of invasion. Antarctic entomology has advanced considerably over the past 50 years, but key areas, such as interspecific interactions, remain underexplored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-137
Number of pages19
JournalAnnual Review of Entomology
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2016


  • Biogeography
  • Community ecology
  • Conservation
  • Genomics
  • Life history
  • Physiology

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