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Título: Ants as indicators in Brazil: a review with suggestions to improve the use of ants in environmental monitoring programs
Autor(es): Ribas, Carla Rodrigues
Campos, Renata B. F.
Schmidt, Fernando A.
Solar, Ricardo R. C.
Assunto: Indicadores biológicos
Formigas
Indicators (Biology)
Ants
Publicador: Cambridge Entomological Club; Hindawi
Data de publicação: 2012
Referência: RIBAS, C. R. et al. Ants as indicators in Brazil: a review with suggestions to improve the use of ants in environmental monitoring programs. Psyche, Cambridge, 2012. 23 p. Paginação irregular. Registro DOI: 10.1155/2012/636749.
Abstract: We describe the use of ants as indicators in Brazil, based on a critical review of published articles. The analysis of fifty-eight papers, encompassing a range of almost 25 years, indicates an increased number of studies using ants as indicators in the last decade. Among the parameters analyzed in the papers, species composition is the most suitable to evaluate the effect of the disturbance on ant communities. The use of other metrics that consider the specificity and fidelity (e.g., IndVal index) of ant species to a level or state of disturbance is also highly desirable. We discuss several alternative ways of overcoming many of the drawbacks related to the robustness of the results and to reduce the financial, logistic, and time costs involved with the use of ants as indicators in monitoring programs. By doing so, we expect to encourage new research on ants as bioindicators as well as to summarize current knowledge, facilitating further research.
URI: http://repositorio.ufla.br/jspui/handle/1/12648
Idioma: en_US
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