Woodboring Beetles of Kimboza Forest Reserve in Tanzania

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Kimboza Forest Reserve is a priority conservation area (IUCN category IV-habitat or species management area) as it is the home to many important endemic floras, and several fauna. Among fauna species found in this forest is the highly threatened species a blue dwarf gecko (Lygodactylus williamsi). Furthermore, human activities including rampant deforestation activities have intensified the threat to the existence of some of the once abundant and flourishing flora species, for example Khaya anthotheca, Milicia excelsa, Pterocarpus angolensis and Cynometra uluguruensis. Woodboring beetles are attack dying or dead trees in Kimboza Forest Reserve. In Kimboza Forest Reserve, they are important in the turnover of trees by culling weak trees, thus allowing new growth to occur. They are also important as primary decomposers of trees within forest systems, allowing for the recycling of nutrients locked away in the relatively decay-resilient woody material of trees.

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Woodboring; Beetles; Kimboza; Forest; Reserve; Tanzania


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Title Woodboring Beetles of Kimboza Forest Reserve in Tanzania
Funding Bamboo Innovation and Nature Preservation Organization (BINAPO), Tanzania https://www.binapo.org/
Study Area Description Kimboza Forest Reserve is located approximately 50 km south east of Morogoro istrict in Morogoro region, Tanzania (Bayliss, 1994). The forest lies between 06°59’ - 7°02’ S and 37°47’- 37° 49’E. It covers an area of about 385ha with a boundary length of 15.6 Km and was declared a forest reserve by the government of Tanzania in 1964 (Werema, 2016). Kimboza Forest Reserve is surrounded by four villages including Uponda to the West, Mwarazi to the East, Kibangile to the South, and Changa to the North (MNRT, 2004). This lowland forest is isolated and not connected to the higher elevation Uluguru Forest Nature Reserve (Werema, 2016). In the recent past there was once a continuum between Uluguru and Kimboza forest reserve, however currently the area is surrounded by fragmented forest blocks. As a result of this relationship, Kimboza Forest Reserve shares some of its species with the Uluguru forest nature reserve (Bayliss, 1994).
Design Description Insect ecology survey

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