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Biodiversity Conservation in Costa RicaLearning the Lessons in a Seasonal Dry Forest$
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Gordon Frankie

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223097

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223097.001.0001

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The Conservation Values of Bees and Ants in the Costa Rican Dry Forest

The Conservation Values of Bees and Ants in the Costa Rican Dry Forest

(p.67) Chapter 6 The Conservation Values of Bees and Ants in the Costa Rican Dry Forest
Biodiversity Conservation in Costa Rica

S. Bradleigh Vinson

Sean T. O’Keefe

Gordon W. Frankie

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the diversity and ecological relationships of bees and ants in the dry forest of Costa Rica. It focuses on their use as bioindicators of ecosystem health. Bees and ants are sensitive to the scale of environmental disturbances or the loss of critical requisite resources. Bees can move between several resources present in one or more habitats, and thus may be dependent on several different nearby habitat fragments. Ants are less susceptible to fragmentation and are dependent on resources that are in the specific habitats in which they reside. Their disappearance is an early sign of local stresses in an ecosystem. Ants are also good invaders of disturbed habitats, and their presence is a warning of detrimental changes occurring in the habitat.

Keywords:   bees, ants, bioindicators, ecosystem health, fragmentation

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