Effect of treefall gaps on the patchiness and species richness of Neotropical ant assemblages

  title={Effect of treefall gaps on the patchiness and species richness of Neotropical ant assemblages},
  author={Donald H. Feener and Eugene W. Schupp},
Natural formation of treefall gaps plays an integral role in the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of many tropical forests, affecting the spatiotemporal distribution of plants and the animals that interact with them. This study examines the impact of treefall gaps on the spatial and temporal patchiness of ant assemblages in a moist lowland forest in Panama. Using pitfall traps and honey baits, we compared ant assemblages in five 1 to 2-year-old treefall gaps (ca 100 m2) and five adjacent… CONTINUE READING

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