Hexapod decomposers of Serra de Santa Catarina, Paraíba, Brazil: an area with high potential for conservation of Caatinga biodiversity

  title={Hexapod decomposers of Serra de Santa Catarina, Para{\'i}ba, Brazil: an area with high potential for conservation of Caatinga biodiversity},
  author={Matilde Vasconcelos Ernesto and C. N. Liberal and A. S. Ferreira and A. Alves and D. Zeppelini and C. Martins and A. Pereira-Colavite and A. J. Cre{\~a}o-Duarte and A. Vasconcellos},
  journal={Biota Neotropica},
In detritus-based trophic systems, springtails, dung beetles, saprophagous calyptrate flies and termites consume and fragment organic matter and control populations of decomposer microorganisms, exerting a strong influence on energy and nutrient fluxes. A faunal inventory of these four groups of hexapods was performed in Serra de Santa Catarina (SSC), an area of arboreal-shrub caatinga located in the state of Paraíba, with the purpose of characterizing the assemblages of these taxa, and… Expand

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