publication . Article . 2012

Termite (Insecta, Isoptera) assemblage of a gallery forest relic from the Chaco province (Argentina): taxonomic and functional groups

Godoy, M. C.; Laffont, E. R.; Coronel, J. M.; Etcheverry, C.;
Open Access Catalan; Valencian
  • Published: 01 Jan 2012 Journal: Arxius de Miscel·lània Zoològica (issn: 1698-0476, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona
Abstract
Termite fauna of the gallery forest in the Colonia Benitez Reserve (Chaco province, Argentina) were analyzed using the rapid diversity assessment protocol (100 x 2 m transects). Twelve species, 10 genera and two families (Kalotermitidae and Termitidae), were detected, comprising the four feeding groups recognized for termites. True soil–feeders (IV) showed the highest species richness, and dead wood and grasses feeders (II) had the highest relative abundance. The most frequently occupied microhabitats were dead wood pieces lying on the ground. These results indicate that the Reserve harbors a diverse termite community similar to the ‘monte fuerte’ isopteran faun...
Subjects
free text keywords: Termite community, Neotropical region, Feeding groups, Termite community, Neotropical region, Feeding groups, Termite community, Neotropical region, Feeding groups
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