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Traveling in clutter: Navigation in the Central Australian desert ant Melophorus bagoti

Cheng, Ken; Narendra, Ajay; Sommer, Stefan; Wehner, Rudiger

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The Central Australian desert ant Melophorus bagoti is the most thermophilic ant on the continent. It comes out to forage during the hottest part of the day in the summer months. The ant shares a cluttered, plant-filled habitat with other arthropods and uses a range of navigational strategies. We review recent studies on this species concerning its use of habitual routes, distant landmarks, landmarks around the nest, and path integration, which is keeping track of the distance and direction...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/39155
Source: Behavioural Processes
DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2008.10.015

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