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Article: Tandem carrying, a new foraging strategy in ants: Description, function, and adaptive significance relative to other described foraging strategies

TitleTandem carrying, a new foraging strategy in ants: Description, function, and adaptive significance relative to other described foraging strategies
Authors
KeywordsAnts
Recruitment
Pachycondyla chinensis
Foraging behavior
Tandem carrying
Issue Date2011
Citation
Naturwissenschaften, 2011, v. 98, n. 8, p. 651-659 How to Cite?
AbstractAn important aspect of social insect biology lies in the expression of collective foraging strategies developed to exploit food. In ants, four main types of foraging strategies are typically recognized based on the intensity of recruitment and the importance of chemical communication. Here, we describe a new type of foraging strategy, "tandem carrying", which is also one of the most simple recruitment strategies, observed in the Ponerinae species Pachycondyla chinensis. Within this strategy, workers are directly carried individually and then released on the food resource by a successful scout. We demonstrate that this recruitment is context dependent and based on the type of food discovered and can be quickly adjusted as food quality changes. We did not detect trail marking by tandem-carrying workers. We conclude by discussing the importance of tandem carrying in an evolutionary context relative to other modes of recruitment in foraging and nest emigration. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/205746
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2015 Impact Factor: -999.999
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.005
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dc.contributor.authorGuénard, Benoît S.-
dc.contributor.authorSilverman, Jules-
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-06T08:02:17Z-
dc.date.available2014-10-06T08:02:17Z-
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.identifier.citationNaturwissenschaften, 2011, v. 98, n. 8, p. 651-659-
dc.identifier.issn0028-1042-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/205746-
dc.description.abstractAn important aspect of social insect biology lies in the expression of collective foraging strategies developed to exploit food. In ants, four main types of foraging strategies are typically recognized based on the intensity of recruitment and the importance of chemical communication. Here, we describe a new type of foraging strategy, "tandem carrying", which is also one of the most simple recruitment strategies, observed in the Ponerinae species Pachycondyla chinensis. Within this strategy, workers are directly carried individually and then released on the food resource by a successful scout. We demonstrate that this recruitment is context dependent and based on the type of food discovered and can be quickly adjusted as food quality changes. We did not detect trail marking by tandem-carrying workers. We conclude by discussing the importance of tandem carrying in an evolutionary context relative to other modes of recruitment in foraging and nest emigration. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofNaturwissenschaften-
dc.subjectAnts-
dc.subjectRecruitment-
dc.subjectPachycondyla chinensis-
dc.subjectForaging behavior-
dc.subjectTandem carrying-
dc.titleTandem carrying, a new foraging strategy in ants: Description, function, and adaptive significance relative to other described foraging strategies-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.description.naturelink_to_subscribed_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s00114-011-0814-z-
dc.identifier.pmid21660526-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-79961208716-
dc.identifier.volume98-
dc.identifier.issue8-
dc.identifier.spage651-
dc.identifier.epage659-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000293968800002-

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