ANTS SPECIES DIVERSITY ALONG AN URBAN GRADIENT,SOUTH KOLKATA, INDIA

Publication Date : 03/07/2017

DOI : 10.22623/IJAPSA.2017.3058.RGMPL


Author(s) :

Mahuya Patra Purkait.


Volume/Issue :
Volume 3
,
Issue 6
(07 - 2017)



Abstract :

The rapid and worldwide urbanization of the human population rasies concerns about the sustainability of cities.Ants belonging to order Hymenoptera under family Formicidae of class Insecta, are one of the dominant organisms living in the soil. The distribution and abundance of ant species in and around south Kolkata was studied. We are mainly concerned about degradation of our eco system and its effect on large fauna. But ants have been ignored. Present study is carried out at three locations in and around South Kolkata. Totally there found 16species belonging to 13 genera under 4 subfamilies at all three sites. Pit fall trap,hand collection and baiting methods were used to observe ants. Ant species belonging to the subfamily Myrmicinae were well represented across all sites. Keyword: urbanization ant, diversity,south Kolkata, Myrmicinae ————————————————————


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