Entomology in ecuador: Recent developments and future challenges

Olivier Dangles, Alvaro Barragán, Rafael E. Cárdenas, Giovanni Onore, Clifford Keil

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We review and analyze the recent development and future challenges facing entomology as a science in Ecuador, a country with limited financial and human resources and numerous environmental problems. Taxonomic studies of the Ecuadorian insect fauna have been well developed for only a few groups (e.g. Papilionoidea, Carabidae) and remains in its infancy for most insect orders. This is due to the huge diversity of species living in a great diversity of habitats and the difficulty to identify most species. There is a lack of published basic biological information and to a high rate of endemism of many groups, especially in the Andes. The development of ecological entomology as a formal discipline in Ecuador is a very recent phenomenon, and has been mostly limited to descriptive studies of the environmental factors that govern insect diversity and abundance. We outline a set of research challenges regarding the impact of global environmental changes on insect communities and habitats they live in and propose potential strategies for the development of entomology in Ecuador, Both basic and applied research will be important in this context as well as international collaboration to strengthen the role of entomological science in decision making processes in the country.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)424-436
Número de páginas13
PublicaciónAnnales de la Societe Entomologique de France
EstadoPublicada - 2009


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