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Seifert, R. P. 1980. Mosquito fauna of Heliconia aurea. J. Anim. Ecol. 49: 687-697.

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Miscellaneous Special Habitats

A few additional important special habitats that have been ignored or received minimal attention with regard to their entomo-faunal aspects in Latin America are the following.

1. Hot, mineral springs. De Oliveira (1954) noted ephydrid flies in the hot effluent of a geyser at El Tatio in Chile. Some general collections from Termas de Chillán in the same country have been identified by Ruiz and Stuardo (1935).

2. Inland salt lakes and playas, such as the immense salares of the Bolivian altiplano (Salar de Coipasa, Lago de Poopó, Salar de Uyuni). A few insects of hypersaline waters have been described, notably mosquitoes (Bach-mann and Casal 1963) and Corixidae of the genus Trichocorixa from Argentina {Bachmann 1979: 326f.) and the Mexican lakes, Texcoco and Ahuatle (see water boatmen, chap. 8). Ephydrid shore flies of the genus Dimecoenia (ecologically analogous to the Mexican and North American Ephydra) are abundant in these waters as well (de Oliveira 1958).

3. Streams. Entomological studies of lotic waters are numerous but not comprehensive and deal mostly with highland, hard-bottom streams (lilies 1964; Campos et al. 1984; Patrick and collabs. 1966; Turcotte and Harper 1982a, 19826). Adaptive strategies were studied on stream invertebrates, mostly insects in the Argentine Rio Negro, by Wais (1985).

4. Alpine ponds and lakes. Available are only the reports of Robeck et al. (1980) for miscellaneous Andean habitats and Gilson (1939) for Lake Titicaca.

5. Bogs. No published observations.

6. Deserts, both local and large, as the great Sonoran or Atacama. No apparent comprehensive observations.

7. Sand dunes, both coastal and inland desert. No apparent observations.

8. Inland freshwater swamps. No apparent observations.

9. Volcanoes. Old volcanoes may provide information on the effects of isolation on mountainous faunas (Palacios-Vargas 1985); dispersal and recolonization of new terrain will be demonstrated by insects and terrestrial arthropods found on new volcanoes, both at sea and on the continents. In both cases, the principles of island biogeography are applicable.

10. Guianan tepuis. The flat-topped jungle mesas of the Guiana Shield are acknowledged islands supporting many endemic biotic elements. They have been studied mostly by botanists, but some unique insects have been collected atop Mount Roraima and Cerro Neblina (Spangler 1981, 1985; Water-house 1900).

11. Lakes and rivers. Limnological studies, particularly of bodies of fresh water larger than streams, are numerous, but in these, more attention is usually paid to the macrofauna than to insects. Some works have concentrated on the latter (Wais 1984).

12. Land crab burrows. The burrows of tropica] coastal land crabs support a complex ecosystem, including many insects and related arthropods (Bright and Hogue 1972), most of which have aquatic life stages in the water that accumulates within them from rainfall and groundwater seepage.

13. Lava tubes. No apparent observations.

Also remaining to be elucidated are the entomological characteristics of the great number of vegetation types throughout the region, for example, cerrado, palm forests, caatinga, cloud forest, mangroves, grassland, puna, páramo (Bernal 1985), alpine, and savanna.

The foregoing are all fruitful fields of investigation for future students of ecological and biogeographic entomology.


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