Explaining the abundance of ants in lowland tropical rainforest canopies.

  title={Explaining the abundance of ants in lowland tropical rainforest canopies.},
  author={Diane W. Davidson and S. C. Cook and Roy R. Snelling and Tock H Chua},
  volume={300 5621},
The extraordinary abundance of ants in tropical rainforest canopies has led to speculation that numerous arboreal ant taxa feed principally as "herbivores" of plant and insect exudates. Based on nitrogen (N) isotope ratios of plants, known herbivores, arthropod predators, and ants from Amazonia and Borneo, we find that many arboreal ant species obtain little N through predation and scavenging. Microsymbionts of ants and their hemipteran trophobionts might play key roles in the nutrition of taxa… CONTINUE READING
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