Ants in the fynbos

Braschler, B., Chown, S.L. & Gaston, K.J. 2012. The Fynbos and Succulent Karoo biomes do not have exceptional local ant richness. PLoS One 7, e31463.

The Fynbos and Succulent Karoo biomes at the southern tip of Africa are notable for having high regional plant diversity despite relatively low plant productivity. However, whilst local plant diversity varies it remains moderate. Here we show that for ants neither regional nor local richness are exceptional by global standards. It seems unlikely that the mechanisms which have contributed to the development of extraordinarily high regional plant diversity in these biomes have had a strong influence on the ants.