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Accelerated species inventory on Madagascar using coalescent-based models of species delineation.
A modified GMYC model is developed that allows for a variable transition from coalescent to speciation among lineages and provides a method of species discovery and biodiversity assessment using single-locus data from mixed or environmental samples while building a globally available taxonomic database for future identifications. Expand
Biodiversity inventories, indicator taxa and effects of habitat modification in tropical forest
A gradient from near-primary, through old-growth secondary and plantation forests to complete clearance, for eight animal groups in the Mbalmayo Forest Reserve, south-central Cameroon is examined, indicating the huge scale of the biological effort required to provide inventories of tropical diversity, and to measure the impacts of tropical forest modification and clearance. Expand
A comprehensive phylogenetic analysis of termites (Isoptera) illuminates key aspects of their evolutionary biology.
Feeding group evolution, however, showed a much more complex pattern, particularly within the Termitidae, where it proved impossible to estimate unambiguously the ancestral state within the family. Expand
Death of an order: a comprehensive molecular phylogenetic study confirms that termites are eusocial cockroaches
It is surprising to find that a group of wood-feeding cockroaches has evolved full sociality, as other ecologically dominant fully social insects (e.g. ants, social bees and social wasps) have evolved from solitary predatory wasps. Expand
Global Patterns of Termite Diversity
What is known of termite global diversity patterns is reviewed at a number of spatial scales (from Neotropics > Oriental tropics. This contradicts the predictions of energy-diversity theory. Both ofExpand
Gut content analysis and a new feeding group classification of termites
The 46 study species covered the entire range of taxonomic and feeding forms within the Order, and the Gut content analysis of termites was undertaken using microscopical techniques. Expand
The effects of forest fragmentation on beetle species composition were investigated in an experimentally fragmented tropical forest landscape in Central Amazonia. Leaf-litter beetles were sampled atExpand
Termite assemblage collapse along a land-use intensification gradient in lowland central Sumatra, Indonesia
Comparisons with other studies show that the decline in termite species richness and relative abundance seen at Jambi is a general trend that occurs elsewhere when forests are converted to other land uses. Expand
The evolution of fungus-growing termites and their mutualistic fungal symbionts
This study shows that the symbiosis has a single African origin and that secondary domestication of other fungi or reversal of mutualistic fungi to a free-living state has not occurred, and identifies common characteristics of fungus-farming evolution in termites and ants, which apply despite the major differences between these two insect agricultural systems. Expand
Termites in Ecosystems
Termite assemblages are considered as complex systems containing species with several modes of feeding and nesting, which have a major though not necessarily dominant role in decomposition and CExpand