Ant Link Roundup

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Pseudomyrmex boopis, from Belize.

I needed an excuse to post this Pseudomyrmex photograph in our new extravagantly wide format, so I figured a random ant link roundup would do:

Did I miss anything?

10 thoughts on “Ant Link Roundup”

  1. As for the well-named Camponotus mirabilis, I imagine the long face is related to life as a bamboo-nesting specialist. Some neat ref’s:

    http://biologylabs.utah.edu/davidson/Bamboo_expt.pdf

    and Davidson et al. 2006, Unveiling a Ghost of Amazonian Rain Forests: Camponotus mirabilis, Engineer of Guadua Bamboo (look this one up on Gscholar – the link seems to only work intermittently)

  2. Don’t have any other contact address.

    The light-green color for part of your text in the new format is very difficult to read. At a minimum select a dark green if used on a white background.

    Always enjoy your blog.

  3. Here’s one!

    Unless I interpreted this incorrectly, M.symmetochus protects S.amabilis with a confuse attack. (Nature always comes up with the best MMO powers first!)

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2416624/Ants-employ-lodgers-SECURITY-GUARDS-Parasites-unite-host-insects-protect-colony.html

    There’s no mention it in the article, but if you watch the video they mention the fact that the M.symmetochus defeats the G.bartmani invaders by using a chemical compound that ruins their detection mechanisms, causing them to kill each other instead.

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