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Provedor de dados:  Iheringia, Sér. Zool.
País:  Brazil
Título:  Assemblages of drosophilids (Diptera, Drosophilidae) in mangrove forests: community ecology and species diversity
Autores:  Schmitz,Hermes J.
Hofmann,Paulo R. P.
Valente,Vera L. S.
Data:  2010-06-01
Ano:  2010
Palavras-chave:  Biodiversity
Diversity measures
Neotropical region
Source-sink hypothesis
Resumo:  Brazilian fauna of drosophilids has been researched in various ecosystems, but those in mangrove forests remain overlooked in Brazil and elsewhere. The present study attempts to characterise the assemblages of drosophilids of this environment, based on 28 collections taken in three mangrove areas in Santa Catarina Island, southern Brazil. The three mangroves surveyed were different in their surroundings, which varied from highly urbanised areas to conservation areas with natural vegetation. Overall, 69 species were collected, and no remarkable difference was detected in species composition and abundances or in the richness, evenness and heterogeneity between sites. The species abundance distribution observed fitted to a theoretical lognormal distribution in the three mangroves. The species richness scored and the performance of the species richness estimators showed an unexpectedly high diversity, considering the very low floristic diversity and the harsh conditions of the environment. Regarding species composition and abundances, the drosophilid mangrove assemblages were shown to be more similar to those found in open environments, with a marked dominance of exotic species. Finally, considering the apparent lack of feeding and breeding sites, we suggest that mangrove forests are acting as sink habitats for the drosophilids populations.
Tipo:  Info:eu-repo/semantics/report
Idioma:  Inglês
Editor:  Museu de Ciências Naturais
Relação:  10.1590/S0073-47212010000200008
Formato:  text/html
Fonte:  Iheringia. Série Zoologia v.100 n.2 2010
Direitos:  info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

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