Species comparison of termites (lsoptera) in primary forest of Tawau Hills Park, Sabah and adjacent cocoa plantation area

Wong, Mum Keng (2006) Species comparison of termites (lsoptera) in primary forest of Tawau Hills Park, Sabah and adjacent cocoa plantation area. Universiti Malaysia Sabah. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

A study of termite diversity was carried out from December 2005 to January 2006 at primary forest of Tawau Hills Park and a cocoa plantation in Tawau, Sabah. The objectives of this study were to determine termite diversity in Tawau Hills Park, to compare the termite diversity between primary forest and cocoa plantation and also to determine how forest changes affect termite diversity. Three standardized transect sampling (100m x 2m) were conducted on each site. A total of 23 species of termite were encountered in this study. Shannon-Wiener diversity index showed that primary forest had significantly higher species diversity (1.19) compared to cocoa plantation (0.37). Termite assemblages and feeding group structure also differed significantly between the two sites. Four feeding group of termite were collected in primary forest but wood-feeders were found more abundant in cocoa plantation. Conversion of primary forest into cocoa plantation significantly increased light intensity, lowered soil moisture, lowered food supply (soil nutrient and dead tree logs) and also intensely increased human disturbance. This suggested that conversion tend to decrease termite diversity. However, there was no significant correlation between environmental variables and species encountered in this study.

Item Type: Academic Exercise
Uncontrolled Keywords: Termites, lsoptera, Primary forest, Tawau Hills Park, Cocoa plantation
Subjects: ?? QL461-599.82 ??
Divisions: SCHOOL > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email storage.bpmlib@ums.edu.my
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2012 04:00
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2017 00:31
URI: http://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/3335

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