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Light and dark adaptation mechanisms in the compound eyes of Myrmecia ants that occupy discrete temporal niches

Narendra, Ajay; Greiner, Birgit; Ribi, Willi A.; Zeil, Jochen


Ants of the Australian genus Myrmecia partition their foraging niche temporally, allowing them to be sympatric with overlapping foraging requirements. We used histological techniques to study the light and dark adaptation mechanisms in the compound eyes of diurnal (Myrmecia croslandi), crepuscular (M. tarsata, M. nigriceps) and nocturnal ants (M. pyriformis). We found that, except in the day-active species, all ants have a variable primary pigment cell pupil that constricts the crystalline cone...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Experimental Biology
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.142018
Access Rights: Open Access


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