Behavioral ecology and natural history of Blepharidatta brasiliensis (Formicidae, Blepharidattini)

@article{Rabeling2006BehavioralEA,
  title={Behavioral ecology and natural history of Blepharidatta brasiliensis (Formicidae, Blepharidattini)},
  author={Christian Rabeling and Manfred Verhaagh and Ulrich G Mueller},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2006},
  volume={53},
  pages={300-306}
}
Abstract.Fungus-growing ants (Attini, Formicidae) originated about 45–65 million years ago when forging a mutualistic association with basidiomycete fungi (Lepiotaceae). Here we use information on the biology of the non-leafcutting fungus-growing ants and their close relatives in the genus Blepharidatta to evaluate hypotheses for the evolutionary origin of fungus-growing behavior in attine ants. Observations on the natural history, ecology, and behavior of the Amazonian species Blepharidatta… CONTINUE READING

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