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1 January 2015 Entomofauna of Ziban Oasis, Biskra, Algeria
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An inventory was carried out at five stations in the oasis of Ziban, an oasis that is characterized by its high-quality dates, in order to study the relationships between the oasis ecosystem and its insect fauna. Specimens were sampled using pitfall traps containing ethylene glycol as a preservative. In total, 115 arthropod species were collected during 5 months of survey. These species belonged to 61 families, 17 orders, and 4 classes (12 orders from Insecta, 3 from Arachnida, 1 from Chilopoda, and 1 from Malocostraca). The most represented insect orders were Coleoptera (44.42%), Hymenoptera (20.86%), and Lepidoptera (7.87%). Represented in the collections were phytophagous, omnivorous, and predator/parasite species. Given the large number of species collected, and the largely unknown relationships existing between the various ecological groups, this study is a first step in the description of the oasis entomofauna.

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Nassima Deghiche-Diab, Francisco Porcelli, and Mohamed Belhamra "Entomofauna of Ziban Oasis, Biskra, Algeria," Journal of Insect Science 15(1), 1-7, (1 January 2015). https://doi.org/10.1093/jisesa/ieu170
Received: 21 November 2010; Accepted: 6 June 2013; Published: 1 January 2015
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