0903 The Leaf-Litter Arthropods of Mesoamerica (LLAMA) Project: Results for Chiapas, Mexico

Tuesday, November 18, 2008: 1:47 PM
Room A5, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
John T. Longino , The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
Jorge Leon-Cortez , El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
Robert S. Anderson , Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, ON, Canada
The Leaf-Litter Arthropods of MesoAmerica (LLAMA) project aims to discover new species of ants and weevils and to measure patterns of beta diversity throughout the Mesoamerican corridor. The first year's focus was on the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. We report here the preliminary results from the 2008 field sampling. We describe study sites, realized sampling protocols, sample processing methods, and lessons for the future. Initial results suggest a rich fauna at the interface of tropical and temperate biotas, confirming the importance of Chiapas as a biodiversity hotspot and the continued need for habitat conservation efforts in this region.

doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.34408