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Anastasija Kozlova


The current article is devoted to the role of biotic (forest type, forest age and consistence etc.) and abiotic (landscape type) factors affecting the spatial structure of red wood ants` (Formica s. str.) dispersal in several Middle Volga regions. As ants tend to form complexes as well as single anthills, this research in purposed on finding a correlation between complexes formation in certain localities and environmental factors that can further there help to use them as indicators of environmental situation in forests. The research work is based on methods of digital mapping using geographic information systems (GIS) and statistical analysis of the mapped data according to Fisher criterion to determine a possible correlation between complexes` spatial structure and forest conditions.

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