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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Natural History Of The Neotropical Arboreal Ant, Odontomachus Hastatus: Nest Sites, Foraging Schedule, And Diet.
Author: Camargo, Rafael X
Oliveira, Paulo S
Abstract: The ecology of most arboreal ants remains poorly documented because of the difficulty in accessing ant nests and foragers in the forest canopy. This study documents the nesting and foraging ecology of a large (∼13 mm total length) arboreal trap-jaw ant, Odontomachus hastatus (Fabricius) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in a sandy plain forest on Cardoso Island, off the coast of Southeast Brazil. The results showed that O. hastatus nested in root clusters of epiphytic bromeliads, most commonly Vriesea procera (70% of nest plants). Mature O. hastatus colonies include one to several queens and about 500 workers. Foraging by O. hastatus is primarily nocturnal year-round, with increased foraging activity during the wet/warm season. The foragers hunt singly in the trees, preying on a variety of canopy-dwelling arthropods, with flies, moths, ants, and spiders accounting for > 60% of the prey captured. Although predators often have impacts on prey populations, the ecological importance of O. hastatus remains to be studied.
Subject: Animals
Ants
Brazil
Diet
Feeding Behavior
Nesting Behavior
Seasons
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1673/031.012.4801
Address: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22957686
Date Issue: 2012
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