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.

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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.

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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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Moretti, T.C., Quirán, E.M., Solis, D.R. et al. 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.. Symbiosis 53, 37–39 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13199-010-0101-3

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Keywords

  • Cockroach
  • Ant
  • Symbiosis
  • Domiciliation
  • Habitat extension