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KENNE, Diego Costa  and  ARAUJO, Paula Beatriz. Balloniscus glaber (Crustacea, Isopoda, Balloniscidae), a habitat specialist species in a disturbed area of Brazil. Iheringia, Sér. Zool. [online]. 2015, vol.105, n.4, pp.430-438. ISSN 0073-4721.

Balloniscus glaber Araujo & Zardo, 1995 (Balloniscidae), a Neotropical Oniscidea, has been recorded historically in environments with low or no human interference. In one of these areas, it was determined as aK-strategist. Recently, however, this species was documented in a disturbed forest within urban limits. The present work revealed that the population in the urban area has high density, high number of ovigerous females and mancae in the population, a long reproductive period, and early sexual maturity. These results suggest that modified environments may provide favorable conditions and that the species is not negatively affected by human influence.

Keywords : Human interference; anthropogenic influence; population ecology; K-strategist; terrestrial isopods.

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