Formigas (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Associadas a Ninhos de Cornitermes cumulans Kollar (Isoptera, Termitidae) no Cerrado do Planalto Central do Brasil

María Cristina Gallego Ropero, Rodrigo Machado Feitosa, Jose Roberto Pujol Luz

Abstract


Com o objetivo de conhecer a fauna de formigas que coabita os cupinzeiros de Cornitermes cumulans (Kollar) no Cerrado sensu stricto do Brasil Central, foram realizadas coletas em 36 cupinzeiros em três localidades. Os cupinzeiros foram fragmentados e o material coletado foi armazenado em frascos com álcool a 80%. Apresentamos aqui uma lista das formigas associadas aos cupinzeiros de C. cumulans. Um total de 61 espécies distribuídas em nove subfamílias e 32 gêneros foi coletado. A subfamília Myrmicinae apresentou o maior número de gêneros (15) e de espécies (22). Estes resultados indicam que ninhos de cupins são importantes recursos de nidificação para várias espécies de formigas no Brasil Central.



Ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Associated with Nests of Cornitermes cumulans (Kollar) (Isoptera, Termitidae) in the Cerrado of Central Brazil


Abstract. In order to survey the ant fauna inhabiting termite nests of Cornitermes cumulans (Kollar) in the Cerrado sensu stricto of Central Brazil, we collected inquiline ants in 36 termitaries in three localities. Termite mounds were fragmented and the ants collected and preserved in 80% ethanol. Here we present a list of the associated ants found in mounds of C. cumulans. A total of 61 species belonging to nine subfamilies and 32 genera were collected. The subfamily Myrmicinae had the largest number of genera (15) and species (22). The results indicate that termite mounds are an important nesting resource for several ant species in the Brazilian Cerrado.


Keywords


Inquilines; Nesting resource; Species richness; Termites; Cupins; Inquilinos; Nidificação; Riqueza de espécies

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