(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Spatial patterns and morphology of termite (Macrotermes falciger) mounds in the Upper Katanga, D.R. Congo

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

MUJINYA B.B. (1 2) ; ADAM M. (3) ; MEES F. (4) ; BOGAERT J. (5) ; VRANKEN I. (3 5) ; ERENS H. (1) ; BAERT G. (1 6) ; NGONGO M. (2) ; VAN RANST E. (1) ;
(1) Dept. of Geology and Soil Science (WE13), Lab. of Soil Science, Univ., Gent, BELGIQUE
(2) Dept. of General Agricultural Sciences, Lab. of Soil Science, Univ., Lubumbashi, CONGO, LA REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE DU
(3) Landscape Ecology and Plant Production Systems Unit, Univ. Libre, Bruxelles, BELGIQUE
(4) Dep. of Geology and Mineralogy, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, BELGIQUE
(5) Biodiversity and Landscape Unit, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Univ. of Liège, Gembloux, BELGIQUE
(6) Fac. of Bioscience Engineering, Dept. of Applied Biosciences, Gent, BELGIQUE


This study examines the spatial distribution patterns and morphological characteristics of Macrotermes falciger mounds in the peri-urban zone of Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo. Spatial patterns of mounds were assessed using high-resolution satellite images for 24 plots of variable size (3 to 27 ha). Soil morphological features were described for five termite-mound profiles of 5 to 9 m depth/height. The high relative number of inactive mounds in the region, with regular distribution patterns, suggests that current termite mound occurrences are largely relict features. There are no clear indications for an impact of the nature of the parent material on the spatial distribution of the mounds. Mounds have associated stone layer depressions and water-saturation features


Article of periodic

published at : Catena / ISSN 0341-8162

Editor : Catena, Cremlingen-Destedt - ALLEMAGNE (1973)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 114 [pp. 97-106]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 6 fig., 5 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 16767

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