2017
DOI: 10.13102/sociobiology.v64i4.1795
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Abstract: Non-forest ecosystems, as natural grasslands from Southern Brazil, are still neglected in conservation policies. Measuring their biodiversity is one of the main steps to generate management strategies for these habitats. This study aims to (i) describe grassland ant richness and composition in Rio Grande do Sul state, and (ii) compare ant communities sampled on the ground and in grassland vegetation, adding to our knowledge of habitat use patterns and vegetation associated species. Six sites were sampled, thre… Show more

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“…This work joins recent studies that assessed ant communities in the grassland/mixed forest mosaics of the southern Atlantic forest (Pinheiro et al 2010, Dröse et al 2017, Franco & Feitosa 2018. Our results provide insights on the drivers of community organization, and suggest that the combination of relatively high latitude and altitude gives to the ant community some features of temperate habitats, thus distinct from the dense Atlantic Forest and from most Brazilian ecosystems.…”
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confidence: 80%
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“…This work joins recent studies that assessed ant communities in the grassland/mixed forest mosaics of the southern Atlantic forest (Pinheiro et al 2010, Dröse et al 2017, Franco & Feitosa 2018. Our results provide insights on the drivers of community organization, and suggest that the combination of relatively high latitude and altitude gives to the ant community some features of temperate habitats, thus distinct from the dense Atlantic Forest and from most Brazilian ecosystems.…”
Section: Discussionsupporting
confidence: 80%
“…Ants are thermophilic animals (Pie 2016) and, below a certain threshold, less species are able to tolerate low insolation and temperature inside forests. Even considering only grasslands, a decrease in species richness might be observed with altitude (Dröse et al 2017). Thus, although most species we found also occur in dense Atlantic Forest, the community is organized differently, and some species change their behavior accordingly.…”
Section: Species Richness and Compositionmentioning
confidence: 77%
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