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Arthropod Diversity in a Tropical Forest
This work sampled the phylogenetic breadth of arthropod taxa from the soil to the forest canopy in the San Lorenzo forest, Panama using a comprehensive range of structured protocols and found that models based on plant diversity fitted the accumulated species richness of both herbivore and nonherbivore taxa exceptionally well.
Contribution of cocoa plantations to the conservation of native ants (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae) with a special emphasis on the Atlantic Forest fauna of southern Bahia, Brazil
The results demonstrate the importance of cocoa for ant conservation in the Atlantic forest region of Brazil, where cocoa plantations with relatively simple shade provide even more important habitat for ants generally and for ant species of conservation concern.
Rainforest Canopy Ants: The Implications of Territoriality and Predatory Behavior
The methods that permit us to study “arboreal ant mosaics” are discussed, which are good predators that use group ambushing to catch flying insects on their host tree foliage and are frequently used as biological control agents.
Diversity and nest site selection of social wasps along Guianese forest edges: assessing the influence of arboreal ants.
Focus stacking: Comparing commercial top-end set-ups with a semi-automatic low budget approach. A possible solution for mass digitization of type specimens
- J. Brecko, A. Mathys, W. Dekoninck, M. Leponce, D. Vandenspiegel, P. Semal
- Computer ScienceZooKeys
- 16 December 2014
The system is inexpensive compared to high-end commercial focus stacking solutions, composed of commercial photographic equipment and enables institutions to purchase multiple solutions or to start digitising the type collection on a large scale even with a small budget.
Ant diversity along a wide rainfall gradient in the Paraguayan dry Chaco
IBISCA-Panama, a large-scale study of arthropod beta-diversity and vertical stratification in a lowland rainforest: rationale, study sites and field protocols
IBISCA-Panama represents a large-scale research initiative to quantify the spatial distribution of arthropod biodiversity in a Neotropical forest, using a combination of international collaboration, a set of common research questions, and an integrated experimental design.
Climate mediates the effects of disturbance on ant assemblage structure
- H. Gibb, N. Sanders, C. Parr
- Environmental ScienceProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
- 7 June 2015
Using a unique global database of 1128 local ant assemblages, this work examined whether climate mediates the effects of habitat disturbance on assemblage structure at a global scale and found species richness and evenness were associated positively with temperature, and negatively with disturbance.
Ontogenetic succession and the ant mosaic: An empirical approach using pioneer trees
Characterizing termite assemblages in fragmented forests: A test case in the Argentinian Chaco
To improve the rate of species accumulation and to obtain diversity statistics allowing intersite comparisons, it is suggested the use of smaller, non-contiguous quadrats, and that sampling be continued until stable diversity estimates are obtained.