A Closer Look at the Ants of Costa Rica

This topic submitted by Mark Dalman ( dalmanmr@miamioh.edu) at 12:48 PM on 3/15/05.

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We tend to forget about things that are small to the eye buts ants prove to be a necessary part of the neotropical ecosystem in Costa Rica. In my paper I plan to present information on ants including the species types and hierarchy that is present in most colonies along with how researchers in the field capture these ants. Finally I will present a side of ants that many do not realize is occurring everyday, Ant-plant mutualism
I. Introduction to Ants
A. family
B. taxonomy
C. characteristics

II. Costa Rica species
Differences/similarities

III. Hierarchy
A. Workers
B. Foragers
C. Queen

III. Capturing Methods
A. Winkler
B. Berlease
C. Malaise trap samples
D. Sweep net sampling

V. Ant-plant Mutualism
Azteca ants and Cecropia trees

VI. Conclusion on Ant Species


RESOURCES CITED

Andrade, J. C. de, and J. P. P. Carauta. 1982. The Cecropia-Azteca association: a case of mutualism? Biotropica 14:15.

Bolton, B. 1994. Identification Guide to the Ant Genera of the World. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass.

Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and classification of Formicidae. Mem. Amer. Entomol. Inst. 71:1-370.

Hölldobler, B., and E. O. Wilson. 1990. The Ants. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Longino, J. T. 1991a. Azteca ants in Cecropia trees: taxonomy, colony structure, and behavior. Pages 271-288 in C. Huxley and D. Cutler, editors. Ant-plant interactions. Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K.

Schupp, E. W. 1986. Azteca protection of Cecropia: ant occupation benefits juvenile trees. Oecologia 70:379-385


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Ant-plant relations


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