First comparison of quantitative estimates of termite biomass and abundance reveals strong intercontinental differences

Cecilia A.L. Dahlsjö, Catherine L. Parr, Yadvinder Malhi, Homathevi Rahman, Patrick Meir, David T. Jones, Paul Eggleton
  • Journal of Tropical Ecology, February 2014, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.1017/s0266467413000898

How do different rain forest termite communities differ?

What is it about?

This brings together comparable data on the diversity, abundance and biomass of termites in tropical rain forests in South America, Africa and South-east Asia. It shows that different regions have very different sets of termites, with the African region having a much greater biomass, particularly of true soil-feeders.

Why is it important?

Termites don't do the same thing in different regions.

Perspectives

Dr Paul Eggleton
The Natural History Museum, London

The data for Asia and Africa was collected much earlier; the South American data is much more recent.

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