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Compound eye adaptations for diurnal and nocturnal lifestyle in the intertidal ant, Polyrhachis sokolova

Narendra, Ajay; Alkaladi, Ali; Raderschall, Chloe A.; Robson, Simon K. A.; Ribi, Willi A.


The Australian intertidal ant, Polyrhachis sokolova lives in mudflat habitats and nests at the base of mangroves. They are solitary foraging ants that rely on visual cues. The ants are active during low tides at both day and night and thus experience a wide range of light intensities. We here ask the extent to which the compound eyes of P. sokolova reflect the fact that they operate during both day and night. The ants have typical apposition compound eyes with 596 ommatidia per eye and an...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013-10-14
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0076015


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