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Clave para la identificación de las subfamilias y los géneros de hormigas (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) de Costa Rica

ABSTRACT: Identification key for ant subfamilies and genera (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Costa Rica. Ants are considered one of the main invertebrate predators and herbivores in Neotropical ecosystems. This versatility is of great economic importance for agriculture, because some ants are considered...

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Autor Principal: Gutiérrez, Pablo R
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Formato: Artículo
Lenguaje: spa
Publicado: Universidad Estatal a Distancia 2014
Acceso en línea: http://investiga.uned.ac.cr/revistas/index.php/cuadernos/article/view/314
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ABSTRACT: Identification key for ant subfamilies and genera (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Costa Rica. Ants are considered one of the main invertebrate predators and herbivores in Neotropical ecosystems. This versatility is of great economic importance for agriculture, because some ants are considered pests while others play an important role in integrated pest management. Ants can also be indicators of habitat quality, so it is of prime importance to accurately identify them. Currently there are no Spanish keys to the ants of Costa Rica and the use of regional keys may result in misidentifications. To promote a tool for understanding the ant fauna, here I present a list and dichotomous keys for the subfamilies and genera of ants reported from Costa Rica.KEYWORDS: biodiversity, morphology, neotropical