Levantamento da fauna de abelhas silvestres na Zona da Mata de Minas Gerais. 3. Mata secundaria na Regiao de Vicosa (Hymenoptera, Apoidea)

Cure, J.R.cardo.; Thiengo, M.; Silveira, F.A.; Rocha, L.B.

Revista Brasileira de Zoologia. set-dez; 93-4: 223-239


Accession: 021282963

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The outcome of a wild bee fauna survey in a secondary forest is reported. Sampling was carried out mainly on herbaceous and shrubby vegetation under and at the border of the forest. Results are compared with data collected with the same methodology from a previously surveyed grassland nearby. The secondary forest was richer in Anthophoridae and Apidae species, and less diverse in Megachilidae. Similarity between the two habitats was low. Several unidentified species of Ceratinula, Trichocerapis mirabilis and the stingless bees Melipona bicolor, M. quadrifasciata, M. marginata, Paratrigona subnuda, Scaptotrigona tubiba and S. xanthotricha, are among the species dependent on the forest environment to survive. Bee population densities in the forest understory are as large as the largest values found for open vegetation in Southeastern Brazil; species richness is also comparable to those of other areas in Southeastern Brazil. Sampling strategies are discussed.