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Acta Biológica Colombiana

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ARENAS, ANDERSON; ARMBRECHT, INGE  and  CHACON, PATRICIA. Soil Carabids and Ants in Two Farming Areas of Yellow Passion Fruit (Passiflora edulis) at Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Acta biol.Colomb. [online]. 2013, vol.18, n.3, pp.439-448. ISSN 0120-548X.

The fauna of beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) and ants that survive in the soil of a passion fruit crop under conventional management in Roldanillo-Valle del Cauca was examined, in March and May (rainy season) and in June and July (dry season), 2012. We carried out four samplings of monthly intensity in two plots with plants of different ages, and registered the species found. We found 149 individuals of Carabidae, distributed into ten species and 2447 ants, distributed in 19 morphospecies. The most abundant species of ants was Solenopsis geminata, while Megacephala (Tetracha) sobrina was the most abundant species of Carabidae. It was also found that the abundance and richness of carabid beetles tend to be higher in the rainy season, while some ant species showed a preference for specific seasonal periods. We conclude that a rich fauna of ground carabids and ants survives in the study area, which could contribute in the control of phytophagous insects populations associated with the crops of passion fruit.

Keywords : Coleoptera; ants; predaceous insects; Passiflora edulis.

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