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      Rugitermes tinto : A new termite (Isoptera, Kalotermitidae) from the Andean region of Colombia

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          The imago and soldier castes of a new Rugitermes Holmgren, 1911 species, R. tinto sp. nov. are described. It is the ninth species of Rugitermes from South America and the first record of this genus from Colombia. Unlike its congeners, the soldier of R. tinto has very dark head capsule pigmentation and acute protuberances projecting from frontolateral ridges.

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          Land Cover Change in Colombia: Surprising Forest Recovery Trends between 2001 and 2010

          Background Monitoring land change at multiple spatial scales is essential for identifying hotspots of change, and for developing and implementing policies for conserving biodiversity and habitats. In the high diversity country of Colombia, these types of analyses are difficult because there is no consistent wall-to-wall, multi-temporal dataset for land-use and land-cover change. Methodology/Principal Findings To address this problem, we mapped annual land-use and land-cover from 2001 to 2010 in Colombia using MODIS (250 m) products coupled with reference data from high spatial resolution imagery (QuickBird) in Google Earth. We used QuickBird imagery to visually interpret percent cover of eight land cover classes used for classifier training and accuracy assessment. Based on these maps we evaluated land cover change at four spatial scales country, biome, ecoregion, and municipality. Of the 1,117 municipalities, 820 had a net gain in woody vegetation (28,092 km2) while 264 had a net loss (11,129 km2), which resulted in a net gain of 16,963 km2 in woody vegetation at the national scale. Woody regrowth mainly occurred in areas previously classified as mixed woody/plantation rather than agriculture/herbaceous. The majority of this gain occurred in the Moist Forest biome, within the montane forest ecoregions, while the greatest loss of woody vegetation occurred in the Llanos and Apure-Villavicencio ecoregions. Conclusions The unexpected forest recovery trend, particularly in the Andes, provides an opportunity to expand current protected areas and to promote habitat connectivity. Furthermore, ecoregions with intense land conversion (e.g. Northern Andean Páramo) and ecoregions under-represented in the protected area network (e.g. Llanos, Apure-Villavicencio Dry forest, and Magdalena-Urabá Moist forest ecoregions) should be considered for new protected areas.
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            A generic revision and phylogenetic study of the family Kalotermitidae (Isoptera)

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              Treatise on the Isoptera of the World

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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Journal
                Zookeys
                Zookeys
                2
                urn:lsid:arphahub.com:pub:45048D35-BB1D-5CE8-9668-537E44BD4C7E
                urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:91BD42D4-90F1-4B45-9350-EEF175B1727A
                ZooKeys
                Pensoft Publishers
                1313-2989
                1313-2970
                2020
                24 August 2020
                : 963
                : 37-44
                Affiliations
                [1 ] Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, University of Florida, 3205 College Avenue Davie, Florida 33314, USA University of Florida Davie United States of America
                [2 ] Universidad Distrital “Francisco José de Caldas,” Cra. 5E 3 15-82 Bogotá, Distrito Especial, Colombia Universidad Distrital “Francisco José de Caldas” Bogotá Colombia
                Author notes
                Corresponding author: Rudolf H. Scheffrahn ( rhsc@ 123456ufl.edu )

                Academic editor: Eliana Cancello

                Article
                55843
                10.3897/zookeys.963.55843
                7458932
                Rudolf H. Scheffrahn, Olga Patricia Pinzón Florian

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

                Funding
                Funded by: University of Florida 100007698 http://doi.org/10.13039/100007698
                Categories
                Research Article
                Isoptera
                Kalotermitidae
                Systematics
                Americas

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