Maurice Leponce

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Key Publications
T. Robillard, Legendre, F. , Villemant, C. , and Leponce, M. , Insects of Mount Wilhelm, Papua New Guinea, vol. 209. Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, 2016.
M. Leponce, Novotny, V. , Pascal, O. , Robillard, T. , Legendre, F. , Villemant, C. , Munzinger, J. , Molino, J. - F. , Drew, R. , Odegaard, F. , Schmidl, J. , Tishechkin, A. , Sam, K. , Bickel, D. , Dahl, C. , Damas, K. , Fayle, T. Maurice, Gewa, B. , Jacquemin, J. , Keltim, M. , Klimes, P. , Koane, B. , Kua, J. , Mantilleri, A. , Mogia, M. , Molem, K. , Moses, J. , Nowatuo, H. , Orivel, J. , Pintaud, J. - C. , Roisin, Y. , Sam, L. , Siki, B. , Soldati, L. , Soulier-Perkins, A. , Tulai, S. , Yombai, J. , Wardhaugh, C. , and Basset, Y. , Land module of Our Planet Reviewed - Papua New Guinea: aims, methods and first taxonomical results, in Insects of Mount Wilhelm, Papua New Guinea, vol. 209}, publication\_type = {type, T. Robillard, Legendre, F. , Villemant, C. , and Leponce, M. Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, 2016, pp. 13-48.
M. Leponce, Novotny, V. , Pascal, O. , Robillard, T. , Legendre, F. , Villemant, C. , Munzinger, J. , Molino, J. - F. , Drew, R. , Odegaard, F. , Schmidl, J. , Tishechkin, A. , Sam, K. , Bickel, D. , Dahl, C. , Damas, K. , Fayle, T. Maurice, Gewa, B. , Jacquemin, J. , Keltim, M. , Klimes, P. , Koane, B. , Kua, J. , Mantilleri, A. , Mogia, M. , Molem, K. , Moses, J. , Nowatuo, H. , Orivel, J. , Pintaud, J. - C. , Roisin, Y. , Sam, L. , Siki, B. , Soldati, L. , Soulier-Perkins, A. , Tulai, S. , Yombai, J. , Wardhaugh, C. , and Basset, Y. , Land module of Our Planet Reviewed - Papua New Guinea: aims, methods and first taxonomical results, in Insects of Mount Wilhelm, Papua New Guinea, vol. 209}, publication\_type = {type, T. Robillard, Legendre, F. , Villemant, C. , and Leponce, M. Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, 2016, pp. 13-48.
J. Jacquemin and Leponce, M. , Trophic ecology of ants and spiders along a wide elevational gradient in Papua New Guinea revealed by stable isotopes, in Entomology in Belgium 2016, 6th Symposium of the Royal Belgian Entomological Society, Brussels, 2/12/2016., 2016, p. 19.
M. Leponce, Delabie, J. , Klimes, P. , Queiroz, J. , Delsinne, T. , Jacquemin, J. , and Dejean, A. , Ant mosaics in tropical forests, in 7th Canopy Conference, 21-26 August, Patterns and processes in canopy science, 2016, p. 8.

2016

T. Robillard, Legendre, F. , Villemant, C. , and Leponce, M. , Insects of Mount Wilhelm, Papua New Guinea, vol. 209. Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, 2016.
M. Leponce, Novotny, V. , Pascal, O. , Robillard, T. , Legendre, F. , Villemant, C. , Munzinger, J. , Molino, J. - F. , Drew, R. , Odegaard, F. , Schmidl, J. , Tishechkin, A. , Sam, K. , Bickel, D. , Dahl, C. , Damas, K. , Fayle, T. Maurice, Gewa, B. , Jacquemin, J. , Keltim, M. , Klimes, P. , Koane, B. , Kua, J. , Mantilleri, A. , Mogia, M. , Molem, K. , Moses, J. , Nowatuo, H. , Orivel, J. , Pintaud, J. - C. , Roisin, Y. , Sam, L. , Siki, B. , Soldati, L. , Soulier-Perkins, A. , Tulai, S. , Yombai, J. , Wardhaugh, C. , and Basset, Y. , Land module of Our Planet Reviewed - Papua New Guinea: aims, methods and first taxonomical results, in Insects of Mount Wilhelm, Papua New Guinea, vol. 209}, publication\_type = {type, T. Robillard, Legendre, F. , Villemant, C. , and Leponce, M. Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, 2016, pp. 13-48.
F. Van de Perre, Willig, M. R. , Presley, S. J. , Kearsley, E. , Verbeeck, H. , Boeckx, P. , De Kesel, A. , Van Den Broeck, D. , De Haan, M. , Wursten, B. , Janssens, S. , Lachenaud, O. , Grootaert, P. , Leponce, M. , Cooleman, S. , Leirs, H. , Dessein, S. , Verheyen, E. , and Ballings, P. , The relationship between taxonomic diversity and aboveground carbon storage is taxon-specific., in Le Corum, Montpellier, France. Abstract book, 2016, p. 391.
M. Leponce and Basset, Y. , Organizing large-scale insect inventories in the tropics: lessons from IBISCA projects, in Entomology in Belgium 2016, 6th Symposium of the Royal Belgian Entomological Society, Brussels, 2/12/2016., 2016, p. 15.
J. Jacquemin, Debakker, D. , Maraun, M. , Roisin, Y. , and Leponce, M. , Trophic ecology of ants and spiders along a wide elevational gradient in Papua New Guinea revealed by stable isotopes, in 53rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, 2016, p. 268.
F. Van de Perre, Willig, M. R. , Presley, S. J. , Kearsley, E. , Verbeeck, H. , Boeckx, P. , De Kesel, A. , Van Den Broeck, D. , De Haan, M. , Wursten, B. , Janssens, S. , Lachenaud, O. , Grootaert, P. , Leponce, M. , Cooleman, S. , Leirs, H. , Dessein, S. , Verheyen, E. , and Ballings, P. , The relationship between taxonomic diversity and aboveground carbon storage is taxon-specific., in Le Corum, Montpellier, France. Abstract book, 2016, p. 391.
J. Jacquemin and Leponce, M. , Trophic ecology of ants and spiders along a wide elevational gradient in Papua New Guinea revealed by stable isotopes, in Entomology in Belgium 2016, 6th Symposium of the Royal Belgian Entomological Society, Brussels, 2/12/2016., 2016, p. 19.
M. Leponce, Delabie, J. , Klimes, P. , Queiroz, J. , Delsinne, T. , Jacquemin, J. , and Dejean, A. , Ant mosaics in tropical forests, in 7th Canopy Conference, 21-26 August, Patterns and processes in canopy science, 2016, p. 8.
A. Vanderheyden, Sonet, G. , Herrera, H. W. , Delsinne, T. , Donoso, D. , Lattke, J. , Hendrickx, F. , Leponce, M. , Backeljau, T. , and Dekoninck, W. , DNA barcoding of ants from the Galápagos Islands (Ecuador), in Entomology in Belgium 2016, 6th Symposium of the Royal Belgian Entomological Society, Brussels, 2/12/2016., 2016, p. 13.
J. Jacquemin, Roisin, Y. , and Leponce, M. , Spatio-temporal variation in ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) communities in leaf-litter and soil layers in a premontane tropical forest, Myrmecological News, vol. 22, pp. 129-139, 2016.
Y. Basset, Barrios, H. , Ramirez, J. A. , Lopez, Y. , Coronado, J. , Perez, F. , Arizala, S. , Bobadilla, R. , and Leponce, M. , Contrasting the distribution of butterflies and termites in plantations and tropical forests., Biodiversity and Conservation, pp. 1-26, DOI 10.1007/s10531-016-1231-6, 2016.
A. Dejean, Azémar, F. , Céréghino, R. , Leponce, M. , Corbara, B. , Orivel, J. , and Compin, A. , The dynamics of ant mosaics in tropical rainforests characterized using the Self-Organizing Map algorithm, Insect Sci, vol. 23, pp. 630-637, 2016.

2015

G. Sonet, Delsinne, T. , Donoso, D. , Troya, A. , Leponce, M. , Dekoninck, W. , Nagy, Z. Tamás, Lattke, J. , and Backeljau, T. , Large-scale DNA barcoding of ants from Ecuador, in Genome (Scientific abstracts from the 6th International Barcode of Life Conference), 2015, vol. 58, p. 283.
M. Leponce, Studying ants in the treetops: perspectives., in In Forest Canopies: Frontiers of Ecosystem Services, October 27th – 29th, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Menglun, Mengla, Yunnan, China., 2015.
A. Dejean, Céréghino, R. , Leponce, M. , Rossi, V. , Roux, O. , Compin, A. , Delabie, J. H. C. , and Corbara, B. , The fire ant Solenopsis saevissima and habitat disturbance alter ant communities., Biological Conservation, vol. 187, pp. 145-153, 2015.
A. Dejean, Corbara, B. , Céréghino, R. , Leponce, M. , Roux, O. , Rossi, V. , Delabie, J. H. C. , and Compin, A. , Traits allowing some ant species to nest syntopically with the fire ant Solenopsis saevissima in its native range, Insect Science, vol. 22, pp. 289–294, 2015.
A. Dejean, Ryder, S. , Bolton, B. , Compin, A. , Leponce, M. , Azémar, F. , Céréghino, R. , Orivel, J. , and Corbara, B. , How territoriality and host-tree taxa determine the structure of ant mosaics., The Science of Nature, 2015.
H. Gibb, Sanders, N. J. , Dunn, R. R. , Watson, S. , Photakis, M. , Abril, S. , Andersen, A. N. , Angulo, E. , Armbrecht, I. , Arnan, X. , Baccaro, F. B. , Bishop, T. R. , Boulay, R. , Castracani, C. , Del Toro, I. , Delsinne, T. , Diaz, M. , Donoso, D. , Enriquez, M. L. , Fayle, T. M. , Feener, D. H. , Fitzpatrick, M. C. , Gomez, C. , Grasso, D. A. , Groc, S. , Heterick, B. , Hoffmann, B. D. , Lach, L. , Lattke, J. , Leponce, M. , Lessard, J. P. , Longino, J. , Lucky, A. , Majer, J. , Menke, S. B. , Mezger, D. , Mori, A. , Munyai, T. C. , Paknia, O. , Pearce-Duvet, J. , Pfeiffer, M. , Philpott, S. M. , de Souza, J. L. P. , Tista, M. , Vasconcelos, H. L. , Vonshak, M. , and Parr, C. L. , Climate mediates the effects of disturbance on ant assemblage structure, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 282, pp. 20150418-20150418, 2015.
Y. Basset, Cizek, L. , Cuenoud, P. , Didham, R. K. , Novotny, V. , Odegaard, F. , Roslin, T. , Tishechkin, A. K. , Schmidl, J. , Winchester, N. N. , Roubik, D. W. , Aberlenc, H. P. , Bail, J. , Barrios, H. , Bridle, J. R. , Castano-Meneses, G. , Corbara, B. , Curletti, G. , W da Rocha, D. , De Bakker, D. , Delabie, J. H. , Dejean, A. , Fagan, L. L. , Floren, A. , Kitching, R. L. , Medianero, E. , E de Oliveira, G. , Orivel, J. , Pollet, M. , Rapp, M. , Ribeiro, S. P. , Roisin, Y. , Schmidt, J. B. , Sorensen, L. , Lewinsohn, T. M. , and Leponce, M. , Arthropod Distribution in a Tropical Rainforest: Tackling a Four Dimensional Puzzle, PLoS One, vol. 10, p. e0144110, 2015.
P. Elena Hanisch, Calcaterra, L. , Leponce, M. , Achury, R. , Suarez, A. , Silva, R. , and Paris, C. , Check list of ground-dwelling ant diversity (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Iguazú National Park with a comparison at regional scale, Sociobiology, vol. 62, 2015.
W. D. DaRocha, Ribeiro, S. P. , Neves, F. S. , G. Fernandes, W. , Leponce, M. , and Delabie, J. H. C. , How does bromeliad distribution structure the arboreal ant assemblage (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) on a single tree in a Brazilian Atlantic forest agroecosystem?, Myrmecological News, vol. 21, pp. 83-92, 2015.
A. Dejean, Azémar, F. , Céréghino, R. , Leponce, M. , Corbara, B. , Orivel, J. , and Compin, A. , The dynamics of ant mosaics in tropical rainforests characterized using the Self-Organizing Map algorithm, Insect Sci, vol. . doi:10.1111/1744-7917.12208, 2015.
A. Dejean, Corbara, B. , Céréghino, R. , Leponce, M. , Roux, O. , Rossi, V. , Delabie, J. H. C. , and Compin, A. , Traits allowing some ant species to nest syntopically with the fire ant Solenopsis saevissima in its native range., Insect Science., vol. 22, pp. 289-294, 2015.
M. Leponce, Delabie, J. H. C. , Klimes, P. , Queiroz, J. , Delsinne, T. , Jacquemin, J. , and Dejean, A. , Ant mosaics in neotropical forests and elsewhere. . In XXII Simposio de Mirmecologia, 18-22 October, pp. 76, Ilhéus, Bahia, Brasil.. 2015.

2014

M. Leponce and Klimes, P. , Arboreal ant mosaics meltdown with elevation., in 51th annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. Cairns, Australia, 20-24July., 2014.
J. Brecko, Mathys, A. , Dekoninck, W. , Leponce, M. , VandenSpiegel, D. , and Semal, P. , Focus Stacking: a low budget semi-automated approach allowing high quality mass digitization., in Symposium "Entomology in Belgium 2014", Royal Belgian Entomological Society, Brussels, 2014, p. 24.
J. Jacquemin, Roisin, Y. , and Leponce, M. , Spatio-temporal variation of ant distribution among ground layers in an Andean tropical forest., in 51th annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. Cairns, Australia, 20-24July., 2014.
M. Leponce and Klimes, P. , Arboreal ant mosaics meltdown along an elevational gradient in Papua New Guinea., in 21st Benelux Congress of Zoology, 12 & 13/12/2014, Liège, Belgium., 2014.
J. Jacquemin, Roisin, Y. , and Leponce, M. , Ant differential response to nutrient addition in an Andean forest., in International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Cairns 13-18 July., 2014, p. 258.
J. Jacquemin and Leponce, M. , From individual diet determination to food web disentanglement: the use of stable isotopes and fatty acids in the study of ant trophic ecology., in 21st Benelux Congress of Zoology, 12 & 13/12/2014, Liège, Belgium., 2014, p. 199.
J. Albert Brecko, Mathys, A. , Dekoninck, W. , Leponce, M. , Spiegel, D. Vanden, and Semal, P. , Image stacking: a semi-automated approach allowing high quality mass digitization, in Digital Specimen 2014, Berlin, 2014.
J. Brecko, Mathys, A. , Dekoninck, W. , Leponce, M. , VandenSpiegel, D. , and Semal, P. , Focus Stacking: a low budget semi-automated approach allowing high quality mass digitization., in Symposium "Entomology in Belgium 2014", Royal Belgian Entomological Society, Brussels, 2014, p. 24.
Y. Basset, Leponce, M. , Didham, R. , and Kitching, R. , Arthropod distribution in tropical rainforests: contribution of horizontal, vertical and seasonal gradients to species diversity., in 51th annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation. Cairns, Australia, 20-24July., 2014.
J. Jacquemin, Delsinne, T. , Maraun, M. , and Leponce, M. , Trophic ecology of the armadillo ant Tatuidris tatusia assessed by stable isotopes and behavioral observations., Journal of Insect Science, vol. 14, 2014.
J. Brecko, Mathys, A. , Dekoninck, W. , Leponce, M. , Spiegel, D. Vanden, and Semal, P. , Focus stacking: Comparing commercial top-end set-ups with a semi-automatic low budget approach. A possible solution for mass digitization of type specimens, Zookeys, vol. 464, pp. 1-23, 2014.
J. Brecko, Mathys, A. , Dekoninck, W. , Leponce, M. , Spiegel, D. Vanden, and Semal, P. , Focus stacking: Comparing commercial top-end set-ups with a semi-automatic low budget approach. A possible solution for mass digitization of type specimens, Zookeys, vol. 464, pp. 1-23, 2014.
J. Jacquemin, Delsinne, T. , Maraun, M. , and Leponce, M. , Trophic ecology of the armadillo ant Tatuidris tatusia assessed by stable isotopes and behavioral observations., Journal of Insect Science, vol. 14, 2014.
S. Groc, Delabie, J. H. C. , Fernandez, F. , Leponce, M. , Orivel, J. , Silvestre, R. , Vasconcelos, H. , and Dejean, A. , Leaf-litter ant communities in a pristine Guianese rainforest: stable functional structure versus high species turnover., Myrmelocogical News, vol. 19, pp. 43-51, 2014.

2013

T. Delsinne, T Penna, A. , and Leponce, M. , Effect of rainfall exclusion on ant assemblages in mountain rainforests of Ecuador., Basic and Applied Ecology, vol. 14, pp. 357-365, 2013.

2012

J. Jacquemin, Delsinne, T. , Roisin, Y. , and Leponce, M. , Stable isotope analysis: from individual diet determination to complex food web disentanglement. ULB, Brussels, Belgium, 2012.
J. Jacquemin, Drouet, T. , Roisin, Y. , and Leponce, M. , Soil properties weakly affect subterranean ant distribution at small spatial scale. TMF Newsletter, 16:18., 2012.
M. Leponce, Corbara, B. , and Basset, Y. , IBISCA - a collaborative programme to study the diversity and distribution of arthropods from canopy to forest floor, in Forest Canopy Methods, University of California Press., University of California Press, 2012, pp. 34-39.
J. Jacquemin, Drouet, T. , Roisin, Y. , and Leponce, M. , Soil properties affect the small-scale distribution of subterranean ants in a montane tropical forest., in Conference of the Society for Tropical Ecology, 2012, p. p.127.
T. Delsinne, Schmidl, J. , Pollet, M. , Jacquemin, J. , Roisin, Y. , and Leponce, M. , Podocarpus National Park Biodiversity., Tropical Mountain Forest (TMF) Newsletter, vol. 17, pp. 29-30, 2012.
O. Rey, Estoup, A. , Vonshak, M. , Loiseau, A. , Blanchet, S. , Calcaterra, L. , Chifflet, L. , Rossi, J. P. , Kergoat, G. J. , Foucaud, J. , Orivel, J. , Leponce, M. , Schultz, T. , and Facon, B. , Where do adaptive shifts occur during invasion? A multidisciplinary approach to unravelling cold adaptation in a tropical ant species invading the Mediterranean area, Ecology Letters, vol. 15, pp. 1266-75, 2012.
A. Dejean, Delabie, J. H. C. , Corbara, B. , Azémar, F. , Groc, S. , Orivel, J. , and Leponce, M. , The Ecology and Feeding Habits of the Arboreal Trap-Jawed Ant Daceton armigerum, PLoS ONE, 2012.
J. Jacquemin, Drouet, T. , Roisin, Y. , and Leponce, M. , Do Soil Properties Affect Subterranean Ant Distribution at a Small Spatial Scale?, TMF Newsletter, vol. 16, p. 18, 2012.
T. Delsinne, Sonet, G. , Nagy, Z. Tamás, Wauters, N. , Jacquemin, J. , and Leponce, M. , High species turnover of the ant genus Solenopsis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) along an altitudinal gradient in the Ecuadorian Andes, indicated by a combined DNA sequencing and morphological approach., Invertebrates Systematics, vol. 26, pp. 457-469, 2012.
T. Delsinne, MacKay, W. , Wild, A. , Roisin, Y. , and Leponce, M. , Distribution and diversity of the cryptic ant genus Oxyepoecus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae) in Paraguay, with descriptions of two new species., Psyche: A Journal of Entomology, p. 8, 2012.
J. Jacquemin, Maraun, M. , Roisin, Y. , and Leponce, M. , Differential response of ants to nutrient addition in a tropical Brown Food Web, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, vol. 46, pp. 10-17, 2012.
J. Jacquemin, Drouet, T. , Delsinne, T. , Roisin, Y. , and Leponce, M. , Soil properties only weakly affect subterranean ant distribution at small spatial scales, Applied Soil Ecology, vol. 62, pp. 163-169, 2012.
Y. Basset, Cizek, L. , Cuenoud, P. , Didham, R. K. , Guilhaumon, F. , Missa, O. , Novotny, V. , Odegaard, F. , Roslin, T. , Schmidl, J. , Tishechkin, A. K. , Winchester, N. N. , Roubik, D. W. , Aberlenc, H. P. , Bail, J. , Barrios, H. , Bridle, J. R. , Castano-Meneses, G. , Corbara, B. , Curletti, G. , W da Rocha, D. , De Bakker, D. , Delabie, J. H. , Dejean, A. , Fagan, L. L. , Floren, A. , Kitching, R. L. , Medianero, E. , Miller, S. E. , E de Oliveira, G. , Orivel, J. , Pollet, M. , Rapp, M. , Ribeiro, S. P. , Roisin, Y. , Schmidt, J. B. , Sorensen, L. , and Leponce, M. , Arthropod diversity in a tropical forest, Science, vol. 338, pp. 1481-4, 2012.
01/10/2013 to 30/09/2016

Ant trophic functions in mountain rainforests revealed by biochemical analyses

In lowland tropical forests, ants play a variety of trophic functions in green food webs but their abundance and diversity decrease with elevation. How these functions are altered by elevation and how ants are replaced by other key arthropod taxa remain poorly studied due to the difficulty to determine ant diet by direct observations.

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