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1 January 2018 Survey of Formicidae Attracted to Protein Baits on Georgia's Barrier Island Dunes
Charles A. Braman, Brian T. Forschler
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Abstract
Although insects have been identified as valuable bioindicator species, insect diversity in coastal sand dunes is understudied. Our study presents the first survey focused on Georgia's barrier island ant assemblage. We surveyed the primary and secondary dunes of Cumberland, Little St. Simons, and Sapelo islands in the summers of 2016 and 2017 using protein baits to recruit scavenging ants that forage on dunes and beaches. We placed 4863 baits over the 2 sampling seasons; 2458 recruited ants. We documented 29 ant species, including 3 new records for the state: Dorymyrmex reginicula, Pheidole navigans, and Solenopsis globularia. Our survey provides a baseline for future projects to evaluate disturbance and ecosystem health on Georgia's barrier islands.
Charles A. Braman and Brian T. Forschler "Survey of Formicidae Attracted to Protein Baits on Georgia's Barrier Island Dunes," Southeastern Naturalist 17(4), 645-653, (1 January 2018). https://doi.org/10.1656/058.017.0412
Published: 1 January 2018
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