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16 November 2015 Response of Termite (Blattodea: Termitoidae) Assemblages to Lower Subtropical Forest Succession: A Case Study in Dinghushan Biosphere Reserve, China
Zhi-Qiang Li, Yun-Ling Ke, Wen-Hui Zeng, Shi-Jun Zhang, Wen-Jing Wu
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Termite (Blattodea: Termitoidae) assemblages have important ecological functions and vary in structure between habitats, but have not been studied in lower subtropical forests. To examine whether differences in the richness and relative abundance of termite species and functional groups occur in lower subtropical regions, termite assemblages were sampled in Dinghushan Biosphere Reserve, China, among pine forest, pine and broad-leaved mixed forest (mixed forest), and monsoon evergreen broad-leaved forest (monsoon forest). The dominant functional group was wood-feeding termites (family Termitidae), and the mixed forest hosted the greatest richness and relative abundance. Soil-feeding termites were absent from the lower subtropical system, while humus-feeding termites were sporadically distributed in mixed forest and monsoon forest. The species richness and functional group abundance of termites in our site may be linked to the forest succession. Altitude, soil temperature, air temperature, surface air relative humidity, and litter depth were significant influences on species and functional group diversity.

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Zhi-Qiang Li, Yun-Ling Ke, Wen-Hui Zeng, Shi-Jun Zhang, and Wen-Jing Wu "Response of Termite (Blattodea: Termitoidae) Assemblages to Lower Subtropical Forest Succession: A Case Study in Dinghushan Biosphere Reserve, China," Environmental Entomology 45(1), 39-45, (16 November 2015). https://doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvv171
Received: 29 April 2015; Accepted: 21 September 2015; Published: 16 November 2015
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