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Effect of habitat type on parasitism of ectatomma ruidum by eucharitid wasps
Aymer Andrés Vásquez Ordóñez
Inge Armbrecht
Gabriela Pérez Lachaud
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Ectatomma ruidum;Kapala iridicolor;Hormigas;Avispas parásitas;Eucharitidae;Relaciones huésped-patógeno
Ectatomma ruidum;Kapala iridicolor;Ants;Parasitic wasps;Eucharitidae;Host-pathogen relationships
Resumen en inglés: "Eucharitidae are parasitoids that use immature stages of ants for their development. Kapala Cameron is the genus most frequently collected in the Neotropics, but little is known about the biology and behavior of any of the species of this genus. We aimed to evaluate the effect of habitat type on eucharitid parasitism and to contribute to the knowledge of the host-parasite relationship between Kapala sp. and the poneromorph ant Ectatomma ruidum (Roger) in Colombia. Twenty E. ruidum colonies were extracted from two different habitat types (woodland and grassland), and larvae and cocoons (pupae) were examined in search for parasitoids in different stages of development. Globally, 60% of the colonies were parasitized, with 1.3% of larvae and 4% of pupae parasitized. Planidia (first-instar larvae), pupae, and adults of the parasitoid were observed. All of the pupae and adult parasitoids belonged to Kapala iridicolor Cameron. All the colonies collected in the woodlands were parasitized and contained more parasitized larvae (2%) and parasitized cocoons (8%) than those collected in grasslands (4/12 parasitized colonies, 0.5% parasitized larvae, 0.8% parasitized cocoons). The relationship observed between habitat type and parasitism prevalence is a novel aspect of the study of eucharitid impact on ant host populations. "
Psyche. Vol. 2012 (2012), p. 1-7. ISSN:
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