Animal Biology , Vol. 53, No. 4, pp. 367-377 (2003) Ó Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2003. Also available online - www.brill.nl Microgeographical distribution of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in coastal dune grassland and their relation to the soil structure and vegetation D. BONTE 1 ; ¤ , W. DEKONINCK 1 , S. PROVOOST 2 , E. COSIJNS 1 , M. HOFFMANN 1 ; 2 1 University of Ghent, Dept. of Biology, Terrestrial Ecology Research Group, K.L. Ledeganckstraat 35, B-9000 Ghent 2 Institute of Nature Conservation, Kliniekstraat 25, B-1070 Brussels Abstract —In this paper, we investigate the microgeographical distribution of ants nests in an intensively grazed dune pasture. A total of seven species were recorded. By the application of a forward multiple logistic regression we were able to determine nesting choice for the three common species Lasius niger, L. psammophilus and Myrmica specioides . The rst could be identi ed as a pioneer species, while the two latter species, which are typical of dry, sandy dune grounds, differ slightly in their nesting preference. The effect of nest building on soil structure was investigated for a mound-building species ( Formica cunicularia) and for a non-mound-building species ( Lasius psammophilus ).
Animal Biology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2003
Keywords: FORMICIDAE; SOIL CHARACTERISTICS; MICROGEOGRAPHICAL DISTRIBUTION; POPULATIONS; ECOSYSTEM PROCESSES
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