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Categorizing species with respect to their affinity to forest ecosystems can help to assess forest habitat quality and support scientifically based decision-making for management. Recently, a set of forest affinity assessments was published covering 25% of the German fauna. Unfortunately, terrestrial isopods were not included, despite their importance for forest functioning. We applied the methodology of the German lists, which is also relevant for Belgium, to assess the forest affinity of the terrestrial isopods of Belgium, distinguishing between the Atlantic region and the Continental region of the country i.e. respectively north and south of the rivers Sambre and Meuse. All 36 Belgian terrestrial isopod species could be assessed of which 62% can be found in forests in the Atlantic region and 77% in the Continental region. Of these, 25% and 43% have forest as their main habitat in the Atlantic and Continental region respectively. We conclude that terrestrial isopods, compared to other forest associated taxa, contain higher proportions of highly sensitive and rare closed-forest related species, and therefore constitute important input to multi-taxa forest surveys. The assessment of forest affinity in this paper can be used in large parts of Western Europe.
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Belgium, habitat, forest characterization, indicator species, woodlice

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De Smedt, Pallieter, et al. “Forest Affinity of Belgian Terrestrial Isopods (Isopoda: Oniscidea).” BULLETIN DE LA SOCIÉTÉ ROYALE BELGE D’ENTOMOLOGIE = BULLETIN VAN DE KONINKLIJKE BELGISCHE VERENIGING VOOR ENTOMOLOGIE, no. 156, 2020, pp. 128–36.
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De Smedt, P., Arijs, G., Segers, S., Vandekerkhove, K., & Boeraeve, P. (2020). Forest affinity of Belgian terrestrial isopods (Isopoda: Oniscidea). BULLETIN DE LA SOCIÉTÉ ROYALE BELGE D’ENTOMOLOGIE = BULLETIN VAN DE KONINKLIJKE BELGISCHE VERENIGING VOOR ENTOMOLOGIE, (156), 128–136.
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De Smedt, Pallieter, Gert Arijs, Stijn Segers, Kris Vandekerkhove, and Pepijn Boeraeve. 2020. “Forest Affinity of Belgian Terrestrial Isopods (Isopoda: Oniscidea).” BULLETIN DE LA SOCIÉTÉ ROYALE BELGE D’ENTOMOLOGIE = BULLETIN VAN DE KONINKLIJKE BELGISCHE VERENIGING VOOR ENTOMOLOGIE, no. 156: 128–36.
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De Smedt, Pallieter, Gert Arijs, Stijn Segers, Kris Vandekerkhove, and Pepijn Boeraeve. 2020. “Forest Affinity of Belgian Terrestrial Isopods (Isopoda: Oniscidea).” BULLETIN DE LA SOCIÉTÉ ROYALE BELGE D’ENTOMOLOGIE = BULLETIN VAN DE KONINKLIJKE BELGISCHE VERENIGING VOOR ENTOMOLOGIE (156): 128–136.
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De Smedt P, Arijs G, Segers S, Vandekerkhove K, Boeraeve P. Forest affinity of Belgian terrestrial isopods (Isopoda: Oniscidea). BULLETIN DE LA SOCIÉTÉ ROYALE BELGE D’ENTOMOLOGIE = BULLETIN VAN DE KONINKLIJKE BELGISCHE VERENIGING VOOR ENTOMOLOGIE. 2020;(156):128–36.
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P. De Smedt, G. Arijs, S. Segers, K. Vandekerkhove, and P. Boeraeve, “Forest affinity of Belgian terrestrial isopods (Isopoda: Oniscidea),” BULLETIN DE LA SOCIÉTÉ ROYALE BELGE D’ENTOMOLOGIE = BULLETIN VAN DE KONINKLIJKE BELGISCHE VERENIGING VOOR ENTOMOLOGIE, no. 156, pp. 128–136, 2020.
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  author       = {De Smedt, Pallieter and Arijs, Gert and Segers, Stijn and Vandekerkhove, Kris and Boeraeve, Pepijn},
  issn         = {1374-8297},
  journal      = {BULLETIN DE LA SOCIÉTÉ ROYALE BELGE D'ENTOMOLOGIE = BULLETIN VAN DE KONINKLIJKE BELGISCHE VERENIGING VOOR ENTOMOLOGIE},
  keywords     = {Belgium,habitat,forest characterization,indicator species,woodlice},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {156},
  pages        = {128--136},
  title        = {Forest affinity of Belgian terrestrial isopods (Isopoda: Oniscidea)},
  year         = {2020},
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