Functional composition of termite species in areas of abandoned pasture and in secondary succession of the parque estadual Altamiro de Moura Pacheco, Goiás, Brazil

  • Hélida Ferreira da Cunha Unuversidade Estadual de Goiás
  • Thales Yann da Silva Orlando UEG

Abstract

The termites allocate the space and alimentary resources of their habitats with different species or groups of species. Thus, understanding the response of termite functional groups to deforestation is a critical question. The objective was to compare the composition of termite species among areas of abandoned pasture and of secondary succession adjacent to the Semideciduous Forest remnants in the Parque Estadual Altamiro de Moura Pacheco, state of Goiás, Brazil. The study area comprised one abandoned pasture, one area in transition from abandoned pasture to forest and one fragment of Semideciduous Forest. The richness of termite species decreased from forest (13) to transition area (9) and to pasture (8). This is the first occurrence of Incisitermes sp. in the Cerrado. We concluded that Conservation Units is important to biome preservation, because some species occur only in one of three landscape settings sampled, despite the termite assemblages of the abandoned pastures and transition areas did not differ significantly from the Semidecidual Forest remnant.

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Author Biographies

Hélida Ferreira da Cunha, Unuversidade Estadual de Goiás
Doutora em Ciências Ambientais Mestre em Biologia/ Ecologia Graduada em Ciências Biológicas Professora da Universidade Estadual de Goiás em Anápolis
Thales Yann da Silva Orlando, UEG
Graduado em Ciências Biológicas
Published
2011-11-21
How to Cite
Cunha, H. F. da, & Orlando, T. Y. da S. (2011). Functional composition of termite species in areas of abandoned pasture and in secondary succession of the parque estadual Altamiro de Moura Pacheco, Goiás, Brazil . Bioscience Journal, 27(6). Retrieved from http://www.seer.ufu.br/index.php/biosciencejournal/article/view/12183
Section
Biological Sciences