“Wall-papering” and elaborate nest architecture in the ponerine antHarpegnathos saltator

  title={“Wall-papering” and elaborate nest architecture in the ponerine antHarpegnathos saltator},
  author={C. Peeters and B. Hoelldobler and M. Moffett and T. Ali},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  • C. Peeters, B. Hoelldobler, +1 author T. Ali
  • Published 2005
  • Biology
  • Insectes Sociaux
  • SummaryExcavation of 18 nests ofHarpegnathos saltator from southern India revealed an unusually complex architecture for a ponerine ant. The inhabited chambers are not deep in the ground. The uppermost chamber is protected by a thick vaulted roof, on the outside of which is an intervening space serving as isolation from the surrounding soil. In large colonies, the vaulted roof is extended into a shell which encloses several superimposed chambers. Little openings, which may be encircled by… CONTINUE READING
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