Context-dependent nestmate discrimination and the effect of action thresholds on exogenous cue recognition in the Argentine ant

@article{Buczkowski2005ContextdependentND,
  title={Context-dependent nestmate discrimination and the effect of action thresholds on exogenous cue recognition in the Argentine ant},
  author={Grzegorz Buczkowski and Jules Silverman},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2005},
  volume={69},
  pages={741-749}
}
The optimal acceptance threshold model predicts that kin/nestmate discrimination is context dependent and that, in a fluctuating environment, the action component of nestmate discrimination is plastic, rather than static. We examined changes in intraspecific aggression among colonies of Argentine ants, Linepithema humile, in various discrimination contexts, and found that aggression occurred at higher rates when either nestmates or familiar territory indicated nest proximity, but not when… CONTINUE READING
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