Changes in ant assemblages under conditions of a large industrial center

Changes in ant assemblages under conditions of a large industrial center ISSN 1067-4136, Russian Journal of Ecology, 2008, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 148–150. © Pleiades Publishing, Ltd., 2008. Original Russian Text © S.V. Blinova, 2008, published in Ekologiya, 2008, No. 2, pp. 158–160. SHORT COMMUNICATIONS Changes in Ant Assemblages under Conditions of a Large Industrial Center S. V. Blinova Kemerovo State University, ul. Krasnaya 6, Kemerovo, 650043 Russia e-mail: Received April 4, 2006 DOI: 10.1134/S1067413608020136 Key words: ants, assemblages, anthropogenic impact. Ants belong to one of the most numerous insect ate pollution (2.0–3.5 MACs); and plot 4, low pollu- families and inhabit virtually all terrestrial biotopes. tion (< 2.0 MACs). The degree of recreational load on Due to their abundance, high species diversity, com- the plots, estimated according to Bugrova and Reznik- plex community structure, and permanent residence in ova (1990), was found to be low in plot 4, medium the same site, ants are regarded as an informative com- (moderate) in plots 1 and 3, and high in plot 2. This ponent of biocenosis that is indicative of certain hab- classification of test plots with respect to the degree of itat conditions (Dlusskii and Zakharov, 1965; Pusz- pollution in Kemerovo agrees with data obtained by kar, 1978; Russian Journal of Ecology Springer Journals

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