Ants versus spiders: interference competition between two social predators

  title={Ants versus spiders: interference competition between two social predators},
  author={Eric C. Yip},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  • E. Yip
  • Published 17 September 2014
  • Environmental Science
  • Insectes Sociaux
Interference competition can profoundly influence the outcome of species interactions and may lead to either coexistence or exclusion. Our understanding of how interference can lead to coexistence remains incomplete, particularly when interference fails to result in resource partitioning. I document a novel form of interference competition between an ant (Myrmecia pyriformis) and a social spider (Delena cancerides) with similar foraging patterns. Of 120 nest boxes occupied by D. cancerides in… 

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