Ant assemblages (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of cities of the temperate zone of Eurasia

Ant assemblages (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of cities of the temperate zone of Eurasia ISSN 10674136, Russian Journal of Ecology, 2013, Vol. 44, No. 6, pp. 523–526. © Pleiades Publishing, Ltd., 2013. Original Russian Text © I.A. Antonov, 2013, published in Ekologiya, 2013, No. 6, pp. 471–475. BRIEF COMMUNICATIONS Ant Assemblages (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Cities of the Temperate Zone of Eurasia I. A. Antonov Siberian Institute of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Lermontova 132, Irkutsk, 664033 Russia email: Received November 22, 2012 Keywords: ant assemblages, urban ecosystem, Eurasia, temperate zone DOI: 10.1134/S1067413613050020 Urbanization is progressing at an everincreasing cities located in the forest and forest–steppe zones pace, being accompanied by the degradation of natu (figure). The dendrogram based on values of the ral ecosystems and loss of their biospheric function. Sørensen–Czekanowski coefficient shows two clusters Ants are a good model for studies on these processes, of cities with 70% dissimilarity: Warsaw–Cheboksary because their high abundance, considerable biomass, and Yekaterinburg–Salair–Irkutsk. and long periods of activity make their role in terres General analysis of the results shows that ant trial ecosystems extremely significant. The most com assemblages in cities of the forest and forest–steppe prehensive studies on specific features of composition zones are usually dominated by Lasius niger Russian Journal of Ecology Springer Journals

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