Local and regional richness and rarity of leaf-litter ants: An overview from spacial scale in neotropical region


An unusual approach about richness and rarity of leaf-litter ant species is presented here from a dry forest reminiscent in Pantanal province (Chacoan subregion) suggesting the boundaries that defining local and regional scales for this particular ant community. We analysed the frequency of distribution of 170 ant species collected on 262 Winkler’s samples along Serra da Bodoquena National Park, Mato Grosso do Sul state, Brazil and described some ecological mechanisms that made the species richness estimates be highly influenced by species with low frequencies of records in an extent regional of a pristine dry forest. Bayesian inference was conducted to provide if the probability of latitudinal gradient was correlated with the species richness to define alpha diversity.

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Demétrio, M. and Silvestre, R. (2013) Local and regional richness and rarity of leaf-litter ants: An overview from spacial scale in neotropical region. Open Journal of Animal Sciences, 3, 10-15. doi: 10.4236/ojas.2013.32A002.

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