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Ciência Florestal

Print version ISSN 0103-9954On-line version ISSN 1980-5098

Abstract

PEREIRA, Marcos Paulo dos Santos; QUEIROZ, Jarbas Marçal; VALCARCEL, Ricardo  and  MAYHE-NUNES, Antônio José. ANT FAUNA AS A TOOL FOR THE MONITORING OF A REHABILITED SAND MINE AT ILHA DA MADEIRA, ITAGUAÍ, RJ. Ciênc. Florest. [online]. 2007, vol.17, n.3, pp.197-204. ISSN 0103-9954.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5902/198050981951.

Ant species richness and diversity may be increased in more complex habitats because they provide more niches and diverse ways of exploiting the environmental resources. Because of the connection between the organisms and habitat characteristics, ants have been used as tools for environmental monitoring of disturbed areas. In this study the structure of the ant community was investigated in plots with different management strategies for the rehabilitation of a mined area at Ilha da Madeira, Itaguaí, RJ, Brazil. A different and richer ant fauna was found in plots with more native tree species than in plots with a low number of tree species or without conservationist management.

Keywords : environmental indicators; ant community; Formicidae; Sepetiba Bay.

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