Gall-inducing arthropods in a Neotropical savanna area in the EPA of Rio Pandeiros (Bonito de Minas, MG, Brazil): effects of plant species richness and super-host abundance

Authors

  • Walter Santos de Araújo Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros (UNIMONTES), Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS), Departamento de Biologia Geral - Montes Claros, MG, Brasil. http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0157-6151
  • Kelly Christie dos Santos Costa Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros (UNIMONTES), Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS), Departamento de Biologia Geral - Montes Claros, MG, Brasil. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6156-0720
  • Luana Teixeira Silveira Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros (UNIMONTES), Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biodiversidade e Uso dos Recursos Naturais (PPG-BURN) - Montes Claros, MG, Brasil. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2428-7435
  • Érica Vanessa Durães de Freitas Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros (UNIMONTES), Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biodiversidade e Uso dos Recursos Naturais (PPG-BURN) - Montes Claros, MG, Brasil. http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1303-2899
  • Yule Roberta Ferreira Nunes Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros (UNIMONTES), Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS), Departamento de Biologia Geral - Montes Claros, MG, Brasil. http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3328-7506
  • Islaine Franciely Pinheiro de Azevedo Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros (UNIMONTES), Programa de Pós-Graduação em Botânica Aplicada (PPG-BOT) - Montes Claros, MG, Brasil. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8078-6423

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11606/1807-0205/2020.60.32

Keywords:

Arthropod-plant interactions, Cecidomyiidae, Cerrado, Copaifera, Fabaceae

Abstract

Several plant-related factors can influence the diversity of gall-inducing species communities. In the present study we performed an inventory of gall-inducing arthropods and we tested if the plant species richness and the abundance of super-host plants (Copaifera oblongifolia) influenced positively in the diversity of gall-inducing arthropod species. The study was realized in an area of Neotropical savanna (cerrado sensu stricto) in the Environmental Protection Area (EPA) of Rio Pandeiros, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Host-plant species and gall-inducing arthropods were sampled in 18 10 × 10 m plots distributed in the vegetation. In total we found 40 arthropod gall morphotypes, distributed on 17 botanical families and 29 plant species. Cecidomyiidae (Diptera) induced the most arthropod galls (85%), and the plant family Fabaceae had the greatest richness of gall morphotypes (16). The plant species Copaifera oblongifolia and Andira humilis (Fabaceae) were the most important host species with five and three morphotypes, respectively. Galling species richness was not affected by none of explanatory variables (plant species richness and abundance of super-host plants). On the other hand, galling species per plant species was negatively affected by plant species richness and positively affected by abundance of super-host plants. This is the first study of arthropod-induced galls conducted in EPA of Rio Pandeiros, Brazil. Our results corroborate previous studies that highlight the importance of super-host plants for galling arthropod diversity on a local scale.

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Author Biographies

Walter Santos de Araújo, Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros (UNIMONTES), Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS), Departamento de Biologia Geral - Montes Claros, MG, Brasil.

Avenida Rui Braga, s/nº, Vila Mauricéia, CEP 39401-089, Montes Claros, MG, Brasil.

Kelly Christie dos Santos Costa, Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros (UNIMONTES), Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS), Departamento de Biologia Geral - Montes Claros, MG, Brasil.

Avenida Rui Braga, s/nº, Vila Mauricéia, CEP 39401-089, Montes Claros, MG, Brasil.

Luana Teixeira Silveira, Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros (UNIMONTES), Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biodiversidade e Uso dos Recursos Naturais (PPG-BURN) - Montes Claros, MG, Brasil.

Avenida Rui Braga, s/nº, Vila Mauricéia, CEP 39401-089, Montes Claros, MG, Brasil.

Érica Vanessa Durães de Freitas, Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros (UNIMONTES), Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biodiversidade e Uso dos Recursos Naturais (PPG-BURN) - Montes Claros, MG, Brasil.

Avenida Rui Braga, s/nº, Vila Mauricéia, CEP 39401-089, Montes Claros, MG, Brasil.

Yule Roberta Ferreira Nunes, Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros (UNIMONTES), Centro de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (CCBS), Departamento de Biologia Geral - Montes Claros, MG, Brasil.

Avenida Rui Braga, s/nº, Vila Mauricéia, CEP 39401-089, Montes Claros, MG, Brasil.

Islaine Franciely Pinheiro de Azevedo, Universidade Estadual de Montes Claros (UNIMONTES), Programa de Pós-Graduação em Botânica Aplicada (PPG-BOT) - Montes Claros, MG, Brasil.

Avenida Rui Braga, s/nº, Vila Mauricéia, CEP 39401-089, Montes Claros, MG, Brasil.

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2020-07-16

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Araújo, W. S. de, Costa, K. C. dos S., Silveira, L. T., Freitas, Érica V. D. de, Nunes, Y. R. F., & Azevedo, I. F. P. de. (2020). Gall-inducing arthropods in a Neotropical savanna area in the EPA of Rio Pandeiros (Bonito de Minas, MG, Brazil): effects of plant species richness and super-host abundance. Papéis Avulsos De Zoologia, 60, e20206032. https://doi.org/10.11606/1807-0205/2020.60.32

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