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Myrmica ants host highly diverse parasitic communities: from social parasites to microbes
Myrmica ants have been model species for studies in a variety of disciplines, including insect physiology, chemical communication, ant social dynamics, ant population, community ecology, and antExpand
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Effects of the ectoparasitic fungus Rickiawasmannii on its ant host Myrmicascabrinodis: changes in host mortality and behavior
Social animals like ants, although seemingly well-armed against parasites because of the protective nature of the social system, are nevertheless exposed to several parasitic organisms, among themExpand
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Comprehensive survey of Romanian myrmecoparasitic fungi: new species, biology and distribution
Several species of fungi exploit ants. Most of them are known from the tropics, where they may exhibit spectacular morphologies, and a handful of species are known to occur in Europe. Available dataExpand
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More than one species of Messor harvester ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Central Europe
It is commonly held that Central Europe harbours but a single harvester ant species, namely Messor structor. Recently dis- covered bionomic differences between two Central European populations, whichExpand
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Turning one into five: Integrative taxonomy uncovers complex evolution of cryptic species in the harvester ant Messor "structor".
Seed harvesting ants are ecosystem engineers that shape vegetation, nutrient cycles, and microclimate. Progress in ecological research is, however, slowed down by poor species delimitation. ForExpand
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A comprehensive list of the ants of Romania (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) 1
In the last decades the ant checklists of most Central and Eastern European countries were updated, with the exception of Romania. The last Romanian checklist was published in 1978 and contained onlyExpand
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Competition between Formica cinerea Mayr [Hymenoptera: Formicidae] and co-occurring ant species, with special reference to Formica rufa L.: direct and indirect interferences
Formica cinerea Mayr is sup- posed to be the top dominant of ant communities in successional sandy habitats, whereas wood ant species, e.g. F. rufa L., play this role in forests. These species oftenExpand
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The largest polydomous system of Formica ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Europe discovered thus far in Romania
Polydomy is a rather general trait in ants. In Europe, mainly territorial mound building Formica species apply this strategy in the native fauna. Here we present the largest European polydomousExpand
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Differential impact of two dominant Formica ant species (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) on subordinates in temperate Europe
Competition is one of the basic mechanisms shaping ant assemblages. Dominant territorial species are known to restrictively influence the traits of subordinates in various ways. However, there couldExpand
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CORPSE CARRYING IN ANTS HYMENOPTERA: FORMICIDAE: BEHAVIOURAL SIDE EFFECT OF AGGRESSIVE AROUSAL OR COMPETITIVE SIGNALLING?
Some literature reports show that ants use bodies of their dead nestmates and other insect remains in conflict situations. The paper describes such phenomenon in a Formica rufa L. colony brought intoExpand
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