Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2017)
A study on the hymenopteran diversity with special reference to ants in agricultural ecosystem of Idukki district in Western Ghats of India
Author(s): Bany Joy, Gigi K Joseph
Abstract: A comparative study on the hymenopteran diversity with special reference to ants in Agricultural ecosystem of Idukki district of Western Ghats was carried out for a period of six months from December 2014 to May 2015. The study held in the different habitats of study area resulted in identifying 19 ant species. They belonged to one family named Formicidae and four subfamilies such as Formicinae, Myrmicinae, Ponerinae and Dolichoridinae. This study reveals the dominancy of subfamily Formicinae in all vegetations of agricultural ecosystem. It is due to their ability to adapt to different environmental niche. Out of the total 19 species observed, 15 species were found in plantain vegetation and therefore it is the most species rich habitat in the agricultural ecosystem of idukki district in Western Ghats. The study reveals that the agricultural ecosystem of idukki district in Western Ghats is an excellent habitat for Hymenopteran especially ants.
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