New Records and Potential Distribution of the ant Gracilidris pombero Wild & Cuezzo (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Authors

  • Elmo Borges Azevedo Koch Universidade Federal da Bahia - UFBA http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2022-4066
  • João Paulo Sales Oliveira Correia Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Programa de Pós-graduação em Biodiversidade e Saúde, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.
  • Rodolpho ST Menezes Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6612-3543
  • Rafaella A Silvestrini Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil
  • Jacques Hubert Charles Delabie Laboratório de Mirmecologia Convênio UESC/CEPLAC Centro de Pesquisas do Cacau - CEPEC CEPLAC http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2695-1061
  • Heraldo L Vasconcelos Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6969-7131

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v65i3.2744

Keywords:

Biogeography, Dolichoderinae, GARP, Maxent, Neotropical Region.

Abstract

Gracilidris pombero Wild & Cuezzo, 2006 is an ant that remains poorly studied. Endemic from South America, its geographical distribution is known from few and scattered collection points. In this study, we present new occurrence records of G. pombero obtained through extensive collections along the Cerrado biome and the Atlantic Forest of northeastern Brazil. Based on the new and existing occurrence records we produced a model of the geographic distribution of G. pombero. Modelling method was chosen based on maximization of model performance after evaluating a series of modelling approaches, including different parametrizations of the Maxent algorithm and distinct runs of the GARP algorithm. We found a total of 43 new records of G. pombero in Brazil, including the first records of this species in the states of Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Piauí, Sergipe and Tocantins. Based on our model, the areas of highest suitability of occurrence of G. pombero are located in two main zones in South America: one ranging from midwestern Brazil to southeastern Bolivia and Paraguay; and the other spanning the South of Brazil and Uruguay.

Author Biographies

Elmo Borges Azevedo Koch, Universidade Federal da Bahia - UFBA

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia e Biomonitoramento Universidade Federal da Baia - UFBA Rua Barão de Jeremoabo, 147, Campus de Ondina, Salvador - Bahia

João Paulo Sales Oliveira Correia, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Programa de Pós-graduação em Biodiversidade e Saúde, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.

Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Programa de Pós-graduação em Biodiversidade e Saúde, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Rodolpho ST Menezes, Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA.

Departamento de Biologia, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras - Universidade de São Paulo (FFCLRP/USP), Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil.

Rafaella A Silvestrini, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil

Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil

Jacques Hubert Charles Delabie, Laboratório de Mirmecologia Convênio UESC/CEPLAC Centro de Pesquisas do Cacau - CEPEC CEPLAC

Laboratório de Mirmecologia (endereço para correspondência)Convênio UESC/CEPLACCentro de Pesquisas do Cacau - CEPECCEPLAC

Heraldo L Vasconcelos, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil

Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil

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2018-10-02

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Koch, E. B. A., Correia, J. P. S. O., Menezes, R. S., Silvestrini, R. A., Delabie, J. H. C., & Vasconcelos, H. L. (2018). New Records and Potential Distribution of the ant Gracilidris pombero Wild & Cuezzo (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology, 65(3), 375–382. https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v65i3.2744

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