GUILDS OF SOIL AND LEAF-LITTER ANTS IN A RESTORED LANDSCAPE IN FILANDIA-QUINDÍO: AN ECOMORPHOLOGICAL ANALYSE
Alejandro Betancourt Caicedo, Alejandro Betancourt Caicedo, Elisabeth Jiménez Carmona
Programa de Biología, Universidad del Valle, Santiago de Cali, Colombia; (1)Programa de Biología, Universidad del Valle, Santiago de Cali, Colombia; (2) Corporación Paisajes Rurales
In the world there is a growing interest in the restoration of ecosystems and the mitigation of damage caused to the environment, recognizing that disturbances diminish diversity, structure and function, thus altering natural dynamics. One of the most important aspects when developing a restoration plan is to take into account how the progress of the project will be monitored, ensuring that the structure and function that the target site should hypothetically reach is achieved. Working with groups of species such as guilds, is a good way to achieve this, since we do not fall into the inaccuracies of working with a single indicator species. These guilds have commonly been built with morphological data or ecological data, but rarely have been done with both, so this work aims to determine the guilds present in an ecosystem in the process of restoration from the ecology and morphology of the ant species found. To date there are few studies that have been carried out in Colombian territory to evaluate restoration processes from guilds. In the same way, few works have used a combination of morphological and ecological features for the construction of guilds and study the composition and distribution patterns of the faunal communities, reasons why this work would provide important information on the progress of a process of restoration in the Andean region and lay the foundations to evaluate future restoration processes.