Date of Graduation

12-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Horticulture

Advisor

Rom, C. R. (Curt R.)

Reader

Dowling, Ashley

Second Reader

Wolf, Duane C. (Duane Carl), 1946-

Third Reader

Johnson, Donald M. (Donald Mack), 1959-

Abstract

Ants are among the most abundant animals in most terrestrial ecosystems, yet local fauna are often poorly understood due to a lack of surveys. This study separated and identified ant species from arthropod samples obtained during ongoing projects by the lab of Dr. A.P.G. Dowling, Professor of Entomology at the University of Arkansas. More than 600 ants were prepared, 284 of which were identified to genus and 263 to species. From this collection, 33 species and one morphospecies were identified, comprising 18 genera in total. Additionally, 28 new distributional records were recorded for Benton, Madison, Newton, and Washington Counties in Arkansas.

Keywords

Entomology, Ecology

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