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Eye structure correlates with distinct foraging-bout timing in primitive ants

Greiner, Birgit; Narendra, Ajay; Reid, Samuel; Dacke, M; Ribi, Willi Andr; Zeil, Jochen

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Social insects have evolved remarkable physiological adaptations and behavioural strategies that enable them to access new temporal foraging niches (for example [1]). Here we report striking correlations between the timing of foraging bouts and the modification of eye structure in four species of ants belonging to the primitive genus Myrmecia. Most noteworthy, photoreceptor diameters progressively increase from 1.3 μm in strictly day-active species, to 5.9 μm in predominantly night-active...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGreiner, Birgit
dc.contributor.authorNarendra, Ajay
dc.contributor.authorReid, Samuel
dc.contributor.authorDacke, M
dc.contributor.authorRibi, Willi Andr
dc.contributor.authorZeil, Jochen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T22:35:38Z
dc.identifier.issn0960-9822
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/56345
dc.description.abstractSocial insects have evolved remarkable physiological adaptations and behavioural strategies that enable them to access new temporal foraging niches (for example [1]). Here we report striking correlations between the timing of foraging bouts and the modification of eye structure in four species of ants belonging to the primitive genus Myrmecia. Most noteworthy, photoreceptor diameters progressively increase from 1.3 μm in strictly day-active species, to 5.9 μm in predominantly night-active species.
dc.publisherCell Press
dc.sourceCurrent Biology
dc.subjectKeywords: animal; animal behavior; ant; circadian rhythm; eye; feeding behavior; histology; letter; photoreceptor; physiology; predation; species difference; time; Animals; Ants; Behavior, Animal; Circadian Rhythm; Eye; Feeding Behavior; Photoreceptors, Invertebrat
dc.titleEye structure correlates with distinct foraging-bout timing in primitive ants
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume17
dc.date.issued2007
local.identifier.absfor060201 - Behavioural Ecology
local.identifier.absfor060805 - Animal Neurobiology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9204316xPUB359
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationGreiner, Birgit, Dalhousie University
local.contributor.affiliationNarendra, Ajay, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationReid, Samuel, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationDacke, M, University of Lund
local.contributor.affiliationRibi, Willi Andr , University of Human Sciences of Liechtenstein
local.contributor.affiliationZeil, Jochen, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue20
local.bibliographicCitation.startpageR879
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage880
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.cub.2007.08.015
dc.date.updated2015-12-09T10:29:08Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-35348912461
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