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Competition avoidance and tandem recruitment in the neotropical ant Pachycondyla harpax (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)


Many ant species use a form of recruitment called 'tandem running', whereby an informed individual guides an uninformed nestmate to a resource. Tandem running is currently the only known example of 'teaching' in non-mammals and represents a promising behaviour to study the benefits of social information at both individual and colony level. This project proposes to use tandem running in ants to test the role of competition among Neotropical ant species as a factor promoting communication about food source locations. (AU)

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