ANT (HYM, FORMICIDAE) MOSAIC STABILITY IN BAHIAN COCOA PLANTATIONS - IMPLICATIONS FOR MANAGEMENT

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1995-08-01

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Blackwell Wissenschafts Verlag Gmbh

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Mapping and collection of ants in cocoa trees in a 1 ha plot in the south of Bahia, Brazil, revealed three dominant species of the ant mosaic: Wasmannia auropunctata, Ectatomma tuberculatum and Azteca chartifex spiriti. A. chartifex demonstrated a larger influence in the cocoa plantation due to its spatial and temporal (1 y) stability in the same cocoa trees, and its capacity for territorial expansion. The management of A. chartifex for controlling insect pests of cocoa is strongly recommended. Considerations of temporal permanence of mosaic dominant ants should be a necessary criteria for ant management in tropical tree crops.

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Journal of Applied Entomology-zeitschrift Fur Angewandte Entomologie. Berlin: Blackwell Wissenschafts Verlag Gmbh, v. 119, n. 6, p. 411-414, 1995.