2006
DOI: 10.1007/s00040-005-0899-0
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Seasonality in foraging behaviour of Constrictotermes cyphergaster (Termitidae, Nasutitermitinae) in the Caatinga of Northeastern Brazil

Abstract: The foraging activity of Constrictotermes cyphergaster was investigated in the Caatinga of Northeast Brazil. Eight colonies were monitored for seven days, during both dry and wet seasons. Foraging activity occurred in exposed columns at night, generally between 22:00 and 05:00 h. During the wet season, foraging activity was significantly higher, with one bout every 1.6 AE 0.2 days, than the dry season, when foraging bouts were performed every 1.9 AE 0.3 days. Foraging activity throughout the study colonies pre… Show more

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“…Moura et al (2006b) observed in the same area where this study was performed, that during the wet season, colonies of C. cyphergaster of workers and in the frequency of foraging events. According to Buxton (1981), in the Savannas of Kenya, the foraging leading to a higher consumption of wood.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 61%
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“…Moura et al (2006b) observed in the same area where this study was performed, that during the wet season, colonies of C. cyphergaster of workers and in the frequency of foraging events. According to Buxton (1981), in the Savannas of Kenya, the foraging leading to a higher consumption of wood.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 61%
“…In the caatinga, the swarming period of C. cyphergaster is usually between March and May (Moura et al 2006b). That explains the fact that, in the present study, the alates were only found during the wet season, despite the fact that larvae and nymphs of several instars development were found during both seasons.…”
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%
“…The abundances and biomasses of termites at the dry tropical forests site did not demonstrate significant variations between the dry and rainy seasons. Other studies undertaken in seasonally dry tropical forests in the region, however, demonstrate an effect on vertical distribution, foraging and abundance of insects in general (Moura et al, 2006;Araújo et al, 2010;Vasconcellos et al, 2010a), including termites (Melo & Bandeira, 2004;Vasconcellos et al, 2010b). Apparently, other characteristics, such as food availability, soil moisture, and interspecific interactions, could minimize climatic effects on soil fauna in seasonally dry tropical forest ecosystems.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 96%
“…Arthropods occupying the leaf litter/soil complex are generally influenced by the climatic characteristics of the host ecosystems (Adis et al, 1989;Harada & Bandeira, 1994;Dibog et al, 1998;Pinheiro et al, 2002;Doblas-Miranda et al, 2007). The assemblage structure and foraging of termites in the Neotropical region have been observed to be associated with climatic elements, especially temperature and rainfall regime, both in humid forests (Torres & Bandeira, 1985;Cancello et al, 2014) and in semiarid ecosystems (Moura et al, 2006;Araújo et al, 2010), yet the humid forest sites show higher rates of biomass and abundance of termites.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%