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Asian Myrmecology, Volume 7, pages 145-154, published August 2015

Daily activity patterns of Platythyrea parallela in Peninsular Malaysia

NURUL ASHIKIN* & ROSLI HASHIM

Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

DOI: 10.20362/am.007015

© N. Ashikin & R. Hashim

Abstract: The study observed the daily activity patterns at natural nests of Platythyrea parallela in the tropical rainforest and was conducted at Ulu Gombak Forest Reserve, Peninsular Malaysia. The 24 hours observation was performed at two stable colonies of this species until a total of 240 hours was collected. From the result obtained,P. parallela was classified as ‘diurnal’ species. Most individuals were observed to be active during midday. Activity patterns were significantly different between day and nighttime. This may also be related to the temperature regime. The daily activity was found to be positively correlated with temperature.

Keywords: Platythyrea, Peninsular Malaysia, daily activity, temperature

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