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A preliminary survey of the taxonomic composition of contents of Nepenthes smilesii Hemsl. pitchers in Bi Doup ' Nui Ba National Park (South Vietnam)

Anna N. Demidova and Gregory S. Eremkin and Evgeny O. Shcherbakov and Vladimir A. Zryanin and Nikolay G. Prilepsky

Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 45(2):40-50
Published June 2016

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Abstract

We present a taxonomic analysis of contents of Nepenthes smilesii Hemsley, 1895 (Nepenthaceae) pitchers collected in Bi Doup – Nui Ba National Park (South Vietnam). 230 specimens of insects, belonging to 7 orders and 17 families, as well as 7 specimens of arachnids (2 orders), 2 specimens of chilopods, 2 specimens of isopods and 1 specimen of oligochaetes were identified. Animal composition from N. smilesii pitchers is dominated by flightless and poorly flying invertebrate forms. Small ant species Technomyrmex yamanei Bolton, 2007 is a predominant prey. Besides ants, Heteroptera and Blattodea are groups dominating in ration, that distinguishes N. smilesii from other Nepenthes species, studied before in this context.

Keywords: Nepenthes smilesii, Nepenthaceae, South Vietnam, pitchers, prey composition, invertebrates, ants, Technomyrmex

Article Citation

Anna N. Demidova and Gregory S. Eremkin and Evgeny O. Shcherbakov and Vladimir A. Zryanin and Nikolay G. Prilepsky. 2016. A preliminary survey of the taxonomic composition of contents of Nepenthes smilesii Hemsl. pitchers in Bi Doup ' Nui Ba National Park (South Vietnam). Carniv. Pl. Newslett. 45(2):40-50.

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