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High abundance of an exotic amphipod indicates disturbance in tropical rainforests

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Matavelli, Cristiane [1] ; Uehara-Prado, Marcio [2]
Total Authors: 2
[1] Univ Estadual Paulista UNESP, Inst Biociencias, Programa Pos Grad Zool, BR-13506900 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[2] Univ Estadual Campinas UNICAMP, Inst Biol, Programa Pos Grad Zool, BR-13084971 Campinas, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS; v. 41, p. 75-78, JUN 2014.
Web of Science Citations: 1

Previous studies have proposed terrestrial amphipods as potential bioindicators of forest condition. In order to investigate the response of the exotic terrestrial amphipod Talitroides topitotum (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Talitridae) to anthropogenic disturbances and its potential as a bioindicator, we compared its abundance among three forest reserves in southeastern Brazil, under different types and intensities of disturbance. We observed significantly higher abundances in disturbed sites compared to undisturbed sites in two of the reserves sampled, corroborating previous studies. In the third reserve, in which both forest disturbance and the abundance of amphipods were much lower than in the other two reserves, there was no significant difference between the sampling sites. We also speculate about the potential use of terrestrial amphipods as global indicators of forest disturbance. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. (AU)