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Ocellar structure is driven by the mode of locomotion and activity time in Myrmecia ants

Narendra, Ajay; Ribi, Willi

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Insects have exquisitely adapted their compound eyes to suit the ambient light intensity in the different temporal niches they occupy. In addition to the compound eye, most flying insects have simple eyes known as ocelli, which assist in flight stabilisation, horizon detection and orientation. Among ants, typically the flying alates have ocelli while the pedestrian workers lack this structure. The Australian ant genus Myrmecia is one of the few ant genera in which both workers and alates have...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/244973
Source: Journal of Experimental Biology
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.159392
Access Rights: Open Access

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