Diversity and distribution of ground-dwelling and arboreal termites in a Panamanian rainforest
IBISCA social-insect team: Alain Dejean & Jerôme Orivel (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, Evolution & Diversité Biologique), Bruno Corbara (Université Blaise-pascal, LAPSCO, Clermont-Ferrand), Yves Roisin (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Maurice Leponce.
Carried out with the help of the Mary V. Walcott Endowment Trust.
The termite collection was based on visual search which is the most efficient method for this taxon. Additional specimens were collected by other sampling protocols run simultaneously, such as Berlese, Winkler, pitfalls, light traps, flight interception traps ... ran simultaneoulsy by other sampling programs.
- Development of a global database management system for all IBISCA data (Leponce & Basset)
- Development of a picture database of termites from Panama
A variant of the standardized protocol for collecting termites (Jones & Eggleton 2000, Roisin & Leponce 2004) was used at ground level. It consists in 400 m long transects, divided in 40 successive quadrats of 5m².
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