Collapse of an Ant-Plant Mutalism : The Argentine Ant ( Iridomyrmex Humilis ) and Myrmecochorous Proteaceae

@inproceedings{Bond2008CollapseOA,
  title={Collapse of an Ant-Plant Mutalism : The Argentine Ant ( Iridomyrmex Humilis ) and Myrmecochorous Proteaceae},
  author={W. A. Bond},
  year={2008}
}
Many plant species in Cape fynbos shrublands have seeds dispersed by ants. Iridomyrmex humilis, the Argentine ant, has recently invaded areas of fynbos and displaced the dominant native ants. The consequences of the invasion for seed dispersal were studied. Iridomyrmex differed from native ants in being slower to discover the seeds (morphologically achenes) of ant-dispersed Mimetes cucullatus (Proteaceae), in moving them shorter distances, and in failing to store them in nests below the soil… CONTINUE READING