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Litter resources in areas of Atlantic domain in Southeast Brazil: association between ants' morphology and nest structure


Tropical ant communities are often rich, especially in the litter. The availability of nests can contribute to the biodiversity of ant assemblages in this stratum of the Atlantic Forest. In this project we propose to analyze the association between nest structure and morphology of the worker ants who use fallen twigs in the litter aiming at expanding the biological knowledge about the species looking for this resource. Hypotheses related to the nest and colonies structures, ants' morphology and other variables related to resource availability in the litter will be tested. The sampling will be conducted between the dry and rainy seasons in nine sites belonging to the Atlantic Domain from southeastern Brazil; the collecting localities have different forms of land use. Thirty plots (4 m2 each) will be demarcated and all twigs present will be manually collected and placed in individual plastic bags. The proposed morphological parameters are related to the ant biology. Twigs colonized or not, will have their structure analyzed. (AU)

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SUELLEN C. BARROSO; EDUARDO L. LONGUI; TAE T. FERNANDES; CARLA M. OLIVEIRA; ALEXANDRE C. FERREIRA; ROGÉRIO R. SILVA; MARIA SANTINA C. MORINI. Galhos ocupados por Pheidole Westwood, 1839: há diferença entre espécies?. Biota Neotropica, v. 20, n. 2, . (13/16861-5)
FERNANDES, TAE TANAAMI; DATTILO, WESLEY; SILVA, ROGERIO R.; LUNA, PEDRO; OLIVEIRA, CARLA M.; DE CASTRO MORINI, MARIA SANTINA. Ant Occupation of Twigs in the Leaf Litter of the Atlantic Forest: Influence of the Environment and External Twig Structure. TROPICAL CONSERVATION SCIENCE, v. 12, . (13/16861-5)
DE SOUZA-CAMPANA, DEBORA RODRIGUES; SILVA, ROGERIO R.; FERNANDES, TAE TANAAMI; DE MORAIS SILVA, OTAVIO GUILHERME; SAAD, LUIZA PAINE; DE CASTRO MORINI, MARIA SANTINA. Twigs in the Leaf Litter as Ant Habitats in Different Vegetation Habitats in Southeastern Brazil. TROPICAL CONSERVATION SCIENCE, v. 10, . (13/16861-5, 10/50294-2, 10/50973-7)
FERNANDES, T. T.; SOUZA-CAMPANA, D. R.; SILVA, R. R.; MORINI, M. S. C.. Ants that Frequently Colonize Twigs in the Leaf Litter of Different Vegetation Habitats. Sociobiology, v. 65, n. 2, p. 340-344, . (13/16861-5, 10/50294-2, 10/50973-7)
CASTRO, G. H. P.; KAYANO, D. Y.; SOUZA, R. F.; HILSDORF, A. W. S.; FEITOSA, R. M.; MORINI, M. S. C.. Seasonal Patterns of the Foraging Ecology of Myrmelachista arthuri Forel, 1903 (Formicidae: Formicinae). Sociobiology, v. 64, n. 3, p. 237-243, . (13/16861-5)
FERNANDES, T. T.; DATTILO, W.; SILVA, R. R.; LUNA, P.; BRAZ, A. B.; MORINI, M. S. C.. Cohabitation and niche overlap in the occupation of twigs by arthropods in the leaf litter of Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Insectes Sociaux, v. 67, n. 2, p. 239-247, . (13/16861-5)
FERNANDES, T. T.; SILVA, R. R.; SOUZA-CAMPANA, D. R.; SILVA, N. S.; SILVA, O. G. M.; MORINI, M. S. C.. Occurrence of Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in both Leaf Litter and Twigs in Atlantic Forest. Sociobiology, v. 67, n. 2, p. 163-172, . (10/50294-2, 13/16861-5, 10/50973-7)
RAMALHO, MANUELA O. F.; SANTOS, RODRIGO M.; FERNANDES, TAE T.; MORINI, MARIA SANTINA C.; BUENOS, ODAIR C.. ``Cytochrome c oxidase I DNA sequence of Camponotus ants with different nesting strategies is a tool for distinguishing between morphologically similar species{''}. Genetica, v. 144, n. 4, p. 375-383, . (13/16861-5)
ALMEIDA, R. P. S.; ANDRADE-SILVA, J.; SILVA, R. R.; FERNANDES, T. T.; SOUZA-CAMPANA, D. R.; SILVA, N. S.; MORINI, M. S. C.. Twigs in leaf litter: overlap in twig size occupation by nesting ants. Insectes Sociaux, v. 68, n. 2-3, p. 199-206, . (13/16861-5)

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