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Study for the Temporal and Spatial Variation of the Ant Assemblages as the Biological Indicator in National Parks

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Author(s): Lee, T.L. | Y.S. Wei

Journal: Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
ISSN 1680-5593

Volume: 4;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 491;
Date: 2005;
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Keywords: Biological diversity | Monitoring | Ant

ABSTRACT
In recent years, with the rapid economic growth and the increase of people`s income, intellectual ecological tours have been enjoyed by many people. The protection of natural resources and traditional culture in National Parks has been highly valued. In order to avoid causing damage to the environment, disappearance of precious resources and harm to the original ecological system, it is very important to establish a monitoring inventory to understand the environmental changes caused by human at an ecological tourist spot. Therefore, ant assemblages have been used as biological indicators of environmental condition to represent the impacts of ecotourism to the ecosystem of the Longluantan Scenic Area in Kenting National Park. From the monitoring practices of ant community composition, we can found that the temporal and spatial variation of abundance indices, was significantly sensitive to the extent of human disturbances and recreation intensity.
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