Reproductive success of Macrotermes bellicosus (Isoptera, Macrotermitinae) in two neighbouring habitats
Korb, J.; Linsenmair, K.E.uard.
Oecologia (Berlin): 1182: 183-191
The hypothesis that forests form suboptimal habitats for M. bellicosus was tested. During 3 consecutive years, fitness parameters in forests and savannah habitats in the Comoe National Park (Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa) were measured. Colonies in the savannah had higher reproductive outputs. They reproduced annually, producing high numbers of alates, whereas forest colonies reproduced on average once every 3 years and produced low numbers of alates.