2007
DOI: 10.1590/s1519-566x2007000500009
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Biomass and population structure of Constrictotermes cyphergaster (Silvestri) (Isoptera: termitidae) in the dry forest of caatinga, northeastern Brazil

Abstract: Neotropical Entomology 36(5): 693-698 (2007) Biomassa e Estrutura Populacional de Constrictotermes cyphergaster (Silvestri) . These data suggest that C. cyphergaster is an important consumer of vegetal matter and, therefore, an important species affecting the nutrient

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“…Moura et al (2008) estimated consumption of 44.5 ± 14.70 kg of wood/ha/year only for populations of C. cyphergaster in a site of caatinga located in the state of Paraíba, Northeast Brazil. In this same site, a density of 59.0 ± 22.5 active nests/ha was estimated only for C. cyphergaster (Vasconcellos et al 2007).…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Moura et al (2008) estimated consumption of 44.5 ± 14.70 kg of wood/ha/year only for populations of C. cyphergaster in a site of caatinga located in the state of Paraíba, Northeast Brazil. In this same site, a density of 59.0 ± 22.5 active nests/ha was estimated only for C. cyphergaster (Vasconcellos et al 2007).…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Constrictotermes cyphergaster (Silvestri, 1901) was the most studied species (10 studies). Constrictotermes cyphergaster has been extensively studied in the ecosystems where it occurs, and studies citing "Mathews 1977" have regarded its interaction with other species residing the termite nest (Cunha & Brandão, 2000;Cunha et al, 2003;Cristaldo et al, 2012;Cristaldo et al, 2014), supplementary reproductives (Cunha & Brandão, 2002), eating habits (Moura et al, 2006a;Moura et al, 2006b), link between nest building and some plant species (Lima-Ribeiro et al, 2006;Silva et al, 2007;Bezerra-Gusmão et al, 2013), nest population and biomass (Vasconcellos et al, 2007), development of the caste system (Moura et al, 2011), and contribution to the carbon cycle (Bezerra-Gusmão et al, 2011).…”
Section: Resultsmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…These values were larger than those reported by Melo and Bandeira (2004) for a number of microhabitats (soil, leaf litter, nests and wood) in another area of seasonally dry tropical forest experiencing anthropogenic pressure. In a study undertaken at the dry tropical forests site that considered only nest populations, Vasconcellos et al (2007) and between 1.17 and 1.65 g.m -2 respectively. It is important to note that these values do not include other termite species that construct conspicuous nests in the area, or those that forage within tree trunks.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%