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Follower ants in a tandem pair are not always naïve

Schultheiss, Patrick; Raderschall, Chloe; Narendra, Ajay


In addition to foraging individually several species of ants guide nestmates to a goal by tandem running. We found that the Australian ant, Camponotus consobrinus, forages both individually and by tandem running to head to the same goal, nest-specific native Australian trees on which they forage. While paths of solitary foragers and initial paths of tandem followers showed no differences in heading directions or straightness, tandem followers moved at about half the speed of solitary runs. When...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Scientific Reports
DOI: 10.1038/srep10747


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