Revista Brasileira de Entomologia
versão impressa ISSN 0085-5626
LINZMEIER, Adelita Maria e RIBEIRO-COSTA, Cibele Stramare. Seasonality and temporal structuration of Alticini community (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Galerucinae) in the Araucaria Forest of Parana, Brazil. Rev. Bras. entomol. [online]. 2008, vol.52, n.2, pp. 289-295. ISSN 0085-5626. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0085-56262008000200009.
Seasonality was studied for Alticini trapped with malaise over a period of two years in the Vila Velha State Park, Parana, Brazil. Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae and Alticini showed seasonal distribution, with the highest abundance during spring and summer months. The abundance peaks of these groups were not synchronized. Of all environmental variables tested, photoperiod had the larger effect on the distributional patterns of Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae and Alticini. Also, Chrysomelidae and Alticini probably are related to the quality and availability of host-plants. When richness was high there was a greater similarity among seasons of different years. However, when richness was not pronounced, seasons showed more similarity within the same year than between years. The Alticini community was seasonally structured and a possible mechanism underlying this pattern is asymmetric competition. Nevertheless, it is necessary to account for indirect interactions (plant-enemy mediated) to better understand how Alticini community is structured.
Palavras-chave : Abundance; community structure; competition; herbivorous; seasonality.