Production Ecology of Ants and Termites

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Michael Vaughan Brian, M. V. Brian
Cambridge University Press, 1978 - Всего страниц: 409
Social insects are amongst the most successful species. This study concentrates on the production ecology of ants and termites. Ants and termites are highly socialised and their groupings in their most developed form enable them to function as large organisms comparable with the larger mammals in their influence in ecosystems. In spite of their social mode of life, quantitative investigations are not easy and this volume emphasises the importance of developing reliable techniques. The account deals critically with production, food and feeding habits, respiration and energy flow, nutrient dynamics and the role of ants and termites in ecosystems. The body of information is not only an invaluable summary and synthesis of work already done, but presents a concise statement of what now needs to be done and what means should be employed. The volume is for social insect ecologists and entomologists and for all who teach ecology, because it contains valuable data and ideas for the general ecologist.

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Introduction
1
Datos empíricos y parámetros demográficos
5
Production by ants and termites
45
Food and feeding habits of termites
55
Food and feeding habits of ants
81
Respiration and energy flow
111
Nutrient dynamics of termites
165
Nutrient dynamics of ants
233
The role of termites in ecosystems
245
The role of ants in ecosystems
293
Appendixes
333
Bibliography
343
Index
401
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