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

Grant number: 19/01148-8
Support Opportunities:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International
Duration: February 25, 2019 - March 17, 2019
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology - Animal Behavior
Principal Investigator:Fábio Santos do Nascimento
Grantee:Fábio Santos do Nascimento
Visiting researcher: Christoph Grueter
Visiting researcher institution: Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Germany
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil

Abstract

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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GLASER, S. M.; FEITOSA, R. M.; KOCH, A.; GOSS, N.; DO NASCIMENTO, F. S.; GRUETER, C.. Tandem communication improves ant foraging success in a highly competitive tropical habitat. Insectes Sociaux, v. 68, n. 2-3, p. 161-172, . (19/01148-8)
GLASER, S. M.; FEITOSA, R. M.; KOCH, A.; GOSS, N.; DO NASCIMENTO, F. S.; GRUETER, C.. Tandem communication improves ant foraging success in a highly competitive tropical habitat. Insectes Sociaux, . (19/01148-8)

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