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Learning, retention and coding of nest-associated visual cues by the Australian desert ant, Melophorus bagoti

Narendra, Ajay; Si, Aung; Sulikowski, Danielle; Cheng, Ken

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A variety of social insects use visual cues for homing. In this study, we examine the possible factors affecting the learning and retention of nest-associated visual cues by the Australian desert ant Melophorus bagoti and the manner in which such cues are encoded by foraging ants. We placed four prominent cylindrical landmarks around a nest and trained foragers from that nest to a food source. Ants were tested with the landmark array in a distant testing field after (1) a known number of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/56376
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-007-0386-2

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