Frequency of nest occurrence and nest density of Aneuretus simoni Emery (Sri Lankan Relict Ant) and other ant fauna in an abandoned rubber plantation (Kirikanda Forest) in southwest Sri Lanka

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Aneuretus simoni Emery, a critically endangered ant species endemic to Sri Lanka, was studied in Kirikanda Forest in Kalutara District. The nest occurrence and nest density of ant species was investigated using 240 quadrats (0.5 m x 0.5 m), in six 100 m2 plots, on 15 January, 5 May and 24 July 2010, and recording the number of ground nests belonging to any ant species within each quadrat. Fallen twigs and decaying wood pieces within...
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