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Pesquisa Agropecuária Brasileira
On-line version ISSN 1678-3921
NICKELE, Mariane Aparecida; REIS FILHO, Wilson; OLIVEIRA, Edilson Batista de and IEDE, Edson Tadeu. Density and size of Acromyrmex crassispinus nests in Pinus taeda plantations. Pesq. agropec. bras. [online]. 2009, vol.44, n.4, pp. 347-353. ISSN 1678-3921. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-204X2009000400003.
The objective of this work was to evaluate the density and size of Acromyrmex crassispinus nests in Pinus taeda plantations along the year. The experiments were carried out in Rio Negrinho and Três Barras, SC, Brazil, in P. taeda plantations of different ages (recently planted and three and six years old). Three plots of one hectare were delimited in each treatment. The nests were classified according to three size classes: class I, up to 30 cm diameter; class II, 31 up to 60 cm; class III, above 61 cm. The density of A. crassispinus nests was low in recently planted areas, nearly twofold in three year-old plantations, and it reduced when the forest was six years old. The greatest nest density occurred in the period from December to April. The nests size increased along with the age of the P. taeda plantations.
Keywords : Formicidae; leaf-cutting ants; forest pests; reforestation.