Amazonian forest termites: a species checklist from the State of Acre, Brazil

Ferreira, Renan Rodrigues, Lucena, Emanuelly Félix de, Koroiva, Ricardo, Azevedo, Renato Almeida de, Haugaasen, Torbjørn, Peres, Carlos A., Hawes, Joseph ORCID logo ORCID: and Vasconcellos, Alexandre (2023) Amazonian forest termites: a species checklist from the State of Acre, Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 23 (4). e20231551.

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The Brazilian state of Acre is located in the southwestern Amazon and it is characterized by a humid tropical forest vegetation that covers plains and mountains. Up to this point, the composition of termite species in the state is not known. The aim of this study was to provide a checklist of termite species or recognizable taxonomic units for the state of Acre. Sampling was conducted through field expeditions at the Serra do Divisor National Park, Chandless State Park, Humaitá Forest Reserve, and Chico Mendes Environmental Park using a standardized rapid termite inventory protocol in the first two areas and active searching collections in the others, without a specific protocol. This study also included occurrence records published in the scientific literature. A total of 128 species and morphospecies of termites were found in Acre, distributed across 59 genera and four families. The most frequently occurring species in Acre was Heterotermes tenuis (Hagen, 1858). The study also identified six new species records for Brazil. The predominant feeding groups were soil-feeders and wood-feeders, as expected from data obtained from surveys in humid tropical forests. Despite the significant number of new records for Acre (112), it is concluded that a larger sampling effort is still required, as many areas of the state have not yet been studied for termites.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Biota Neotropica
Publisher: SciELO
ISSN: 1676-0611
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Departments: Institute of Science and Environment > Forestry and Conservation
Depositing User: Joseph Hawes
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2023 13:36
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2024 15:46


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