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Birds of Indian Subcontinent

The interaction between the coastal brown ant, Pheidole megacephala (Fabricius), and other invertebrate fauna of Mt Coot-tha (Brisbane, Australia)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1997
Authors:HETERICK, BRIAN
Journal:Australian Journal of Ecology
Volume:22
Issue:2
Date Published:1997
ISBN Number:1442-9993
Keywords:Acari, Brisbane, coastal brown ant, Formicidae, Fulica, Fulica atra, interaction, invertebrates, Laelapidae, Pheidole megacephala, Rallidae, Symphypleona
Abstract:Abstract Sampling of invertebrate fauna was carried out on Mt Coot-tha, between 25 February and 11 March 1992, to determine whether the presence of the coastal brown ant, Pheidole megacephala (Fabricius), affected die abundance and diversity of other invertebrates. Four plots were sampled; in two the coastal brown ant was present and in two it was absent. The overall abundance of invertebrates did not differ significantly between plots. The abundance of Collembola did vary significantly, but intraplot variability was large. Mite numbers did not differ significantly between plots, except for the family Laelapidae. Abundance of other ant species did not differ significantly between plots, but there was a difference in species composition; Dolichoderinae and Ponerinae were absent or poorly represented in plots where the coastal brown ant was present.
URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1442-9993.1997.tb00661.x
Short Title:Australian Journal of Ecology
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