Estimation of homing distance in desert ants, Cataglyphis fortis, remains unaffected by disturbance of walking behaviour

@article{Steck2009EstimationOH,
  title={Estimation of homing distance in desert ants, Cataglyphis fortis, remains unaffected by disturbance of walking behaviour},
  author={Kathrin Steck and Matthias Wittlinger and Harald Wolf},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Biology},
  year={2009},
  volume={212},
  pages={2893 - 2901}
}
SUMMARY Desert ants, Cataglyphis fortis, use a stride integrator as a distance gauge in their well-studied path integration system (while a skylight compass provides the direction gauge). To further scrutinize the mechanisms of the ant odometer, we tried to disturb the stride integrator by interfering with normal walking behaviour. First, legs that contribute to one of the two leg tripods alternately used in normal walking were selectively amputated. This prevented the normal tripod gait and… 

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