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Comparison of exclusion between Nymphalidae species and season in a tropical dry forest of Morelos, México. ATBC+OTS Joint 50th Anniversary Meeting-San.

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1 Comparison of exclusion between Nymphalidae species and season in a tropical dry forest of Morelos, México. ATBC+OTS Joint 50th Anniversary Meeting-San José, Costa Rica June 23-27, 2013 Grégory Michaël Charre Marcela Osorio Beristain Luc Legal Néstor A. Mariano, Laboratorio de Ecología Animal, departamento de biología Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Departamento de Ecología Centro de Investigación en Biodiversidad y Conservación, Univ. Aut. del Edo de Morelos Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse 3 Departamento de EcologíaCentro de Investigación en Biodiversidad y ConservaciónUniv. Aut. del Edo de Morelos RESULTS We encountered a total of 19 species (Table 1). Females excluded more than predicted in the dry season, the same was true for males in the rainy season (Fig.1. Females expelled more males according to the maximal temperatures (Fig.2), and less males with precipitations (Fig.3), according to the linear regressions results. More than 90 % of exclusion activity was represented by Myscelia cyananthe (Biblidinae) for both seasons. Crosstabulation analysis revealed that a dependency exists between species and sex, and at the same time between season and sex (Table 2). Asterocampa idyja (Apaturinae) Hamadryas amphinome (Biblididae) Smyrna blomfildia (Nymphalinae) Table 2. Standard residuals of cross tabulation analysis between butterfly sex and season. Pearson's Chi-squared test with Yates' continuity correction: X 2 = , df = 1, p-value = 5.862e-10 INTRODUCTION In Mexico, the tropical dry forest suffers from a strong food resources scarcity during the dry season (Mooney et al 1995). Within some families of Lepidoptera such as Nymphalidae, few species can survive to this season, using the decayed pulp fruits available as aliments (De Leon-Ibarra 2005). This plays an important role in their nutritional and matting ecology. That is why during mating season, i.e. the rainy season, sex ratio is in favour of males, close to 2:1, showing more exclusion behaviour for food and mate (Torres et al. 2008). However, little is know concerning lepidotperian sex ratio and behaviour during the dry season. OBJECTIVE We wanted to know if exclusion disparities for food exist between sexes of Nymphalidae species in two contrasting seasons of a deciduous tropical forest in Mexico. HYPOTHESIS We hypothesized that females will be more aggressive than males to defend aliment in the dry season, due to an absence of reproduction. METHODS We used fermented fruit baits (Hughes et al modified) to compare the temporal abundance, sex ratio, and species exclusion frequency in Nymphalidae species during 12 months (oct 2007 to sep 2008), in the Sierra de Huautla, Estado de Morelos, México. We ran statistical analysis on log-transformed data using R statistical software ver (R Development Team 2008). DISCUSSION Our results highlighted that seasonality in dry/wet ecosystems dictates the variation in the abundance of Nymphalids as demonstrated Braby (1995). Little is known about sex ratio changes between seasons (Torres et al. 2009), especially for female activity. Nevertheless, females expelled more in dry season maybe due to that fruits served as a great source of carbon for future egg production on fruit-feeding butterflies (Fisher et al. 2004, Molleman et al 2008). On the contrary male behaviour is well-documented. In the rains, defend aliment, host plants, and available females requires more energy so that body weight predicts males territorial success (Peixoto & Benson 2008) and contest (Kemp 2000), Climate plays a key-role in males as shown by Ide (2002): territorial behaviour is regulated directly by temperature and reproduction depends on precipitation for this family (Kemp 2001). This elucidated why males are so aggressive during the wet season. These results suggest differential resource exploitation and exclusion behaviour for a dominant species of the deciduous tropical forest. Females of Myscelia cyananthe showed more aggressive patterns than other species or males. Molleman F., Ding J., Wang J. L., Brake eld P. M., Carey J. R., Zwaan B. J Adult diet aects life span and reproduction of the fruit-feeding butter y Charaxes fulvescens. Entomologia Experimentalis et applicata 129: SpeciesOCTNOVDICENEFEBMARABRMAYJUNJULAGOSEPT Siproetasteneles Smyrnablomfildia Mysceliacyananthe Hamadryasglauconome Hamadryasguatamalena Doxocopalaure Bolboneurasylphis Asterocampaidyja Anaeaaidea Cissiasimilis Hermeuptychiahermes Pindissquamistriga0.33 Cissiathemis Cyllopsisnayarit1.00 Euptychiafetna Cyllopsisperplexa0.33 Hamadryasfebrua Hamadryasamphinome Cissiacleophes 0.33 REFERENCES De Leon-Ibarra M. A Fenología de especies de plantas con frutos carnosos y disponibilidad espacial y temporal de este recurso en la reserva de la biosfera Sierra de Huautla: Implicaciones para los vertebrados. Undergraduate thesis, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca, 74 p. Hughes, J. B., Daily, G. C., & Ehrlich, P. R Use of fruit bait traps for monitoring of butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Revista de biología tropical, 46(3), Mooney H. A., Bullock S. H., Medina E Introduction, p. 1-8 in: Bullock S. H., Mooney H. A, Medina, E. (Eds.). Seasonally Dry Tropical Forest, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. R development core team R: a language and environment for statistical computing. R foundation for statistical computing. project.org.www.R- Torres, C., Osorio-Beristain, M., Mariano, N. A., & Legal, L Sex-dependent seasonal feeding activity variations among two species of Nymphalidae (Lepidoptera) in the Mexican tropical dry forest. In Annales de la Societe Entomologique de France (Vol. 45, No. 3, p. 265). Table 1. A. Mean precipitations and temperatures in El Limón B. Butterflies occurrence and relative abundance in El Limón. All data range from Oct 2007 to Nov A B mm ºC Precipitation Temperature Female Dry Season Rainy season Male Figure 3. Females excluding males from puddling baits according to precipitations. R 2 =0.3508, F=5.40, p= Figure 1. males excluding females from puddling baits according to precipitations. R 2 =0.3853, F=6.27, p= Figure 2. Females excluding males from puddling baits according to maximum temperatures. R 2 =0.3289F=4.90, p=0.05.


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