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Trail-sharing among tropical ants: interspecific use of trail pheromones?

Menzel, Florian and Pokorny, Tamara and Blüthgen, Nico and Schmitt, Thomas (2010):
Trail-sharing among tropical ants: interspecific use of trail pheromones?
In: Ecological Entomology, pp. 495-503, 35, (4), [Online-Edition: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2311.2010....],
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Abstract

Trail-sharing between different ant species is rare and restricted to a small number of species pairs. Its underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. For trail-sharing to occur, two factors are required: (i) one or both species must recognise the other species or its pheromone trails and (ii) both species must tolerate each other to a certain extent to allow joint use of the trail. A species that follows another's trails can efficiently exploit the other's information on food sources contained in the pheromone trails. Hence, food competition and thus aggressive interactions between a species following another's trail and the species being followed, seem likely.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2010
Creators: Menzel, Florian and Pokorny, Tamara and Blüthgen, Nico and Schmitt, Thomas
Title: Trail-sharing among tropical ants: interspecific use of trail pheromones?
Language: English
Abstract:

Trail-sharing between different ant species is rare and restricted to a small number of species pairs. Its underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. For trail-sharing to occur, two factors are required: (i) one or both species must recognise the other species or its pheromone trails and (ii) both species must tolerate each other to a certain extent to allow joint use of the trail. A species that follows another's trails can efficiently exploit the other's information on food sources contained in the pheromone trails. Hence, food competition and thus aggressive interactions between a species following another's trail and the species being followed, seem likely.

Journal or Publication Title: Ecological Entomology
Volume: 35
Number: 4
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ant mosaics, dominance hierarchy, formicidae, informational parasitism, interspecific aggression, olfactory eavesdropping, trail pheromones, trail-sharing
Divisions: 10 Department of Biology
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10 Department of Biology > Synthetic Ecological Networks
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2011 12:12
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2311.2010....
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