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The Conservation Values of Bees and Ants in the Costa Rican Dry Forest

S. Bradleigh Vinson, Sean T. O’Keefe and Gordon W. Frankie

in Biodiversity Conservation in Costa Rica

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520223097
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937772 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223097.003.0006
The Conservation Values of Bees and Ants in the Costa Rican Dry Forest

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This chapter discusses the diversity and ecological relationships of bees and ants in the dry forest of Costa Rica. It focuses on their use as bioindicators of ecosystem health. Bees and ants are sensitive to the scale of environmental disturbances or the loss of critical requisite resources. Bees can move between several resources present in one or more habitats, and thus may be dependent on several different nearby habitat fragments. Ants are less susceptible to fragmentation and are dependent on resources that are in the specific habitats in which they reside. Their disappearance is an early sign of local stresses in an ecosystem. Ants are also good invaders of disturbed habitats, and their presence is a warning of detrimental changes occurring in the habitat.

Keywords: bees; ants; bioindicators; ecosystem health; fragmentation

Chapter.  7764 words. 

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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