An environment history of fire is uncovered through ‘specialist’ ants, in this latest research in WA’s woodlands:
While overall ant species richness, abundance and composition did not show any clear patterns after fire, the specialist ant groups did when they were investigated.
“The hot climate specialists show a high abundance and richness in the more open habitats offered by recently burnt and long unburnt vegetation” Dr Gosper says.
“However the cold climate specialists show a peak at intermediate times since fire when tree and ground fuel cover is at its highest.” …
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