Asian Myrmecology, Volume 3, pages 5-8. published April 2010
Ant diversity in a Peninsular Malaysian mangrove forest and oil palm plantation
NOR RASIDAH HASHIM*, WAN FARIDAH AKMAL WAN JUSOH AND MOHD NASSRUL SAFRE MOHD NASIR
Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
© N.R. Hashim, W. F. A. W. Jusoh and M. N. S. M. Nasir
Abstract: In Malaysia, it is a common practice to convert mangrove forests into agricultural plantations, especially oil palm. For this to happen, mangroves are drained and pesticides and fertilizers are often used to encourage healthy growth and yield of the oil palms, impacting biodiversity there and nearby. Mangroves are challenging habitats and certain mangrove ants, such as the Australian species Camponotus anderseni, show a high degree of adaptation to them.
Keywords: ants, oil palm, mangrove forests, Peninsular Malaysia