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Repeated training does not improve the path integrator in desert ants

Merkle, Tobias; Wehner, Rudiger

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Desert ants, Cataglyphis fortis, return to their nest by means of path integration vectors. By using the reversal of these vectors, they approach previously visited feeding sites again. They adjust these vectors whenever outbound and inbound vector are set into conflict or when they make use of external cues. Here, we examine the influence of repeated training on the accuracy, precision, and straightness of outbound and inbound vectors. We trained desert ants to forage to and fro between their...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/61509
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-008-0673-6

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