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Symbiosis

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 37–39 | Cite as

Pycnoscelus surinamensis (Linnaeus, 1758) (Blaberoidea: Blaberidae), a cockroach with a possible association with the ant Brachymyrmex cordemoyi Forel, 1895 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and which may be exhibiting a domiciliation trend.

  • Thiago de Carvalho Moretti
  • Estela Maris Quirán
  • Daniel Russ Solis
  • Mônica Lanzoni Rossi
  • Patrícia Jacqueline Thyssen
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Abstract

In the present paper, we report on the occurrence of the cockroach Pycnoscelus surinamensis (Linnaeus, 1758) in Brachymyrmex cordemoyi Forel, 1895 nests, indicating a possible symbiosis between these two species. Also, the finding of intradomicile P. surinamensis nymphs may indicate this species is extending its habitat to human habitations, i.e. changing its ecological category from peridomestic to domestic.

Keywords

Cockroach Ant Symbiosis Domiciliation Habitat extension 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors are indebted to Sonia Maria Lopes Fraga (Museu Nacional-Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) for confirming the cockroach species.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thiago de Carvalho Moretti
    • 1
  • Estela Maris Quirán
    • 2
  • Daniel Russ Solis
    • 3
  • Mônica Lanzoni Rossi
    • 4
  • Patrícia Jacqueline Thyssen
    • 5
  1. 1.Departamento de Parasitologia, Instituto de BiociênciasSão Paulo State University (UNESP)BotucatuBrazil
  2. 2.Faculdad de Ciencias Exactas y NaturalesUniversidad Nacional de La PampaLa PampaArgentina
  3. 3.Centro de Estudos de Insetos Sociais, Instituto de BiociênciasSão Paulo State University (UNESP)Rio ClaroBrazil
  4. 4.Laboratório de Histopatologia e Biologia Estrutural de Plantas, Centro de Energia Nuclear na AgriculturaUniversity of São Paulo (USP)PiracicabaBrazil
  5. 5.Departamento de Biologia Animal, Instituto de BiologiaState University of Campinas (UNICAMP)CampinasBrazil

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