Ant assemblages in the taiga biome: testing the role of territorial wood ants

@article{Savolainen1989AntAI,
  title={Ant assemblages in the taiga biome: testing the role of territorial wood ants},
  author={Riitta Savolainen and K. Veps{\"a}l{\"a}inen and H. Wuorenrinne},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1989},
  volume={81},
  pages={481-486}
}
Ants were collected with sets of pitfall traps in four coniferous-forest habitats in southern Finland. A three-level competition hierarchy concept was used to generate predictions on ant community structure. The levels of the hierarchy, and the respective predictions, from top to bottom were: (1) The dominant territorial wood ants (Formica rufa-group species), expected to exclude each other. (2) The other aggressive species, likely to be excluded by the F. rufa-group. (3) The submissive species… CONTINUE READING

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