Intraspecific nestmate recognition in two parabiotic ant species: acquired recognition cues and low inter-colony discrimination

@article{Menzel2009IntraspecificNR,
  title={Intraspecific nestmate recognition in two parabiotic ant species: acquired recognition cues and low inter-colony discrimination},
  author={Florian Menzel and Thomas Schmitt and Nico Bl{\"u}thgen},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2009},
  volume={56},
  pages={251-260}
}
Parabiotic ants—ants that share their nest with another ant species—need to tolerate not only conspecific nestmates, but also nestmates of a foreign species. The parabiotic ants Camponotus rufifemur and Crematogaster modiglianii display high interspecific tolerance, which exceeds their respective partner colony and extends to alien colonies of the partner species. The tolerance appears to be related to unusual cuticular substances in both species. Both species possess hydrocarbons of unusually… CONTINUE READING