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Title: Short-term effects of fire on Sky Island ant communities

Author: Wilkinson, Elliot B.; Lebrun, Edward G.; Spencer, Mary Lou; Whitby, Caroline; Kleine, Chris;

Date: 2005

Source: Gottfried, Gerald J.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Edminster, Carleton B., comps. Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II. Proc. RMRS-P-36. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 550-552

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Description: Few studies investigating effects of fire on ant communities have been conducted worldwide, and none in the biologically diverse and fire prone region of the Sky Islands. Ant genera richness and total abundance are significantly higher in burned areas. Ant community structure changes between unburned and burned sites, implying that disturbance may influence the role of ant communities in Sky Island ecosystems.

Keywords: ants, species richness, abundance, communities, fires, burned areas, Chihuahuan Desert

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Wilkinson, Elliot B.; Lebrun, Edward G.; Spencer, Mary Lou; Whitby, Caroline; Kleine, Chris 2005. Short-term effects of fire on Sky Island ant communities. Gottfried, Gerald J.; Gebow, Brooke S.; Eskew, Lane G.; Edminster, Carleton B., comps. Connecting mountain islands and desert seas: biodiversity and management of the Madrean Archipelago II. Proc. RMRS-P-36. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station: 550-552

 


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