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Title The ant diversity of a Congo-Guinean rain forest in western Kenya

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Short title Congo-Guinean ants

Author(s) Hita Garcia, F.; Fischer, G.; Peters, M.K.

Presenting author Hita Garcia, F.

Institution(s) Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum A. Koenig, Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany

Keywords Ants; Central Africa; Congo-Guinean; pitfall-traps; winkler samples

Abstract Ants dominate in terms of abundance and ecological significance the leaf-litter fauna of tropical rain forests. Interestingly, the ant fauna of the Congo-Guinean rain forests remained poorly understood and little described. Using a large sampling effort and both morphological and genetic tools we conduct the hitherto most comprehensive study to document the ant fauna of a Congo-Guinean rain forest, the Kakamega Forest in western Kenya.

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