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Journal of Insects
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 104157, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/104157
Research Article

The Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Jaragua National Park, Dominican Republic

Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Received 20 May 2014; Revised 29 July 2014; Accepted 30 July 2014; Published 2 September 2014

Academic Editor: Benjamin Hoffmann

Copyright © 2014 David Lubertazzi and Gary D. Alpert. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This study examined ant species richness in Jaragua National Park (Pedernales Province, Dominican Republic). Ants were sampled at 15 sites during late March and early April, 2012. Habitats sampled included dry forest, beach scrub, lakeside acacia scrub, and thorn woodland. Sixty-four species from 23 genera were collected. Species richness was higher than expected, considering only 125 species had previously been reported for all of Hispaniola. Jaragua National Park is part of the Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo Biosphere Reserve. The ant species richness observed in this study suggests that the park, along with larger reserve, is successful in preserving important habitat for insects.