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Navigational Efficiency of Nocturnal Myrmecia Ants Suffers at Low Light Levels

Narendra, Ajay; Reid, Samuel F.; Raderschall, Chloé A.

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Insects face the challenge of navigating to specific goals in both bright sun-lit and dim-lit environments. Both diurnal and nocturnal insects use quite similar navigation strategies. This is despite the signal-to-noise ratio of the navigational cues being poor at low light conditions. To better understand the evolution of nocturnal life, we investigated the navigational efficiency of a nocturnal ant, Myrmecia pyriformis, at different light levels. Workers of M. pyriformis leave the nest...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013-03-06
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/16710
Source: PLoS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0058801

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