Internest aggression and identification of possible nestmate discrimination pheromones in polygynous antFormica montana

  title={Internest aggression and identification of possible nestmate discrimination pheromones in polygynous antFormica montana},
  author={Gregg Henderson and John F. Andersen and Joel K. Phillips and Robert L Jeanne},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
Polygynous ant species often monopolize patchily distributed habitats and tolerate neighboring conspecifics while aggressively attacking other ant species. We determined that internest aggression occurs in the polygynous ant,Formica montana. We report for the first time the identities of cuticular hydrocarbons ofF. montana and present results of their possible role in nestmate recognition. Cuticular hydrocarbons contribute differentially to class discrimination, certain hydrocarbons being more… 

Interspecific recognition among termites of the genusReticulitermes: Evidence for a role for the cuticular hydrocarbons

The epicuticular signature was found to be mainly present in the apolar fraction of the cuticular extracts, which contained only hydrocarbons, are determined by GC/MS techniques.

Cuticular Hydrocarbons and Aggression in the Termite Macrotermes Subhyalinus

It is found that no single compound is sufficient to explain variation in aggression between pairings of colonies, and termites seem to use a bouquet of compounds.

Social closure, aggressive behavior, and cuticular hydrocarbon profiles in the polydomous antCataglyphis iberica (hymenoptera, Formicidae)

The degree of colony closure inC. iberica seemed to be independent of geographic distance since aggression between the colonies was always at its maximum, irrespective of their population origin.

Alteration of cuticular hydrocarbon composition affects heterospecific nestmate recognition in the carpenter ant Camponotus fellah

The results demonstrate that in heterospecific interactions between the two Camponotus species there is a correlation between cuticular hydrocarbons and a nestmate recognition response, albeit not as high as the response of C. fellah.

Mimicry of Host Cuticular Hydrocarbons by Salticid Spider Cosmophasis bitaeniata That Preys on Larvae of Tree Ants Oecophylla smaragdina

Gas chromatography and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry data indicate that the qualitative chemical mimicry of ants by C. bitaeniata allows the spiders to avoid detection by major workers of O. smaragdina.

The evolution of hydrocarbon pheromone parsimony in ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) - interplay of colony odor uniformity and odor idiosyncrasy. A review

An alternative solution is proposed whereby workers have variable discrimination thresholds and response to differences in the pheromone blend, large or small, in a contextdependent manner.

Evolution of species-specific cuticular hydrocarbon patterns in Formica ants

The study indicated that species-specific hydrocarbon profiles remained remarkably stable between Finland and the British Isles and were not influenced by ecological factors such as soil or vegetation types.

Hydrocarbon dynamics within and between nestmates inCataglyphis niger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

It is proposed as a model for their dynamics that hydrocarbons are synthesized in tissues associated with the integument through self-grooming, and this gland acts as a pool for mixing colonial hydroCarbons and may serve to attain a unified colony odor.

A Non-lethal Water-based Removal-reapplication Technique for Behavioral Analysis of Cuticular Compounds of Ants

It is demonstrated that cuticular compounds can be extracted from workers of the red fire ant, Solenopsis saevissima, and reapplied to the cuticle of workers from a sympatric species, Camponotus blandus, while keeping the ants alive.

Congruency of hydrocarbon patterns in heterospecific groups of ants: transfer and/or biosynthesis?

The results suggest that the formation of the mixed hydrocarbon profile in artificial groups of ants is the result of a transfer of these chemicals between nestmates rather thande novo biosynthesis of the allospecific hydrocarbons.



Nestmate recognition: the role of cuticular hydrocarbons in the ant Camponotus vagus Scop.

Both behavioral and chemical analyses demonstrated that in the ant Camponotus vagus the colony recognition signal is strongly correlated with the composition of cuticular hydrocarbons. Variation of

Nestmate recognition cues in laboratory and field colonies ofSolenopsis invicta buren (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

  • M. Obin
  • Biology
    Journal of Chemical Ecology
  • 2005
Behavioral observations support the conclusion that lab-reared ants were less distinctive than field-collected ants with respect to recognition cues detectable on the cuticle, and Chromatographic and statistical analyses indicate that cuticular hydrocarbon pattern was a poor predictor of laboratory colony response to field colony workers.

Colony Reproduction by Budding in the Polygyne Form of Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

The total weights of the colonies increased about four times during the course of the study, indicating substantial growth of colonies in addition to active budding in polygyne colonies of the red imported fire ant.

Chemical Mimicry in the Myrmecophilous Beetle Myrmecaphodius excavaticollis

The myrmecophilus beetle Myrmecaphodius excavaticollis (Blanchard) was found to have species-specific cuticular hydrocarbons acquired-from one of its hosts, the ant Solenopsis richteri Forel. Removal

Nestmate discrimination in a ponerine ant (Rhytidoponera sp. 12) without a queen caste and with a low intra-nest relatedness

The existence of a distinct colony identity reveals that workers are able to learn the spectrum of individual odours of their nestmates, and suggests that a gestalt odour does not exist in these colonies.

Chemical Mimicry as an Integrating Mechanism: Cuticular Hydrocarbons of a Termitophile and Its Host

The staphylinid beetle Trichopsenius frosti Seevers has the same cuticular hydrocarbons as those of its host termite Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar) and it biosynthesizes them. These cuticular

The number of queens: An important trait in ant evolution

The discussion of the ecological consequences of polygyny and monogyny leads to a deeper understanding of territoriality, spacing and species packing in ants.