Learning of colonial odor in the ant Cataglyphis niger (Hymenoptera; Formicidae).

@article{Nowbahari2007LearningOC,
  title={Learning of colonial odor in the ant Cataglyphis niger (Hymenoptera; Formicidae).},
  author={Elise Nowbahari},
  journal={Learning & behavior},
  year={2007},
  volume={35 2},
  pages={87-94}
}
Ants learn the odors of members of their colony early in postnatal life, but their ability to learn to recognize noncolony conspecifics and heterospecifics has never been explored. We used a habituation-discrimination paradigm to assess individual recognition in adult Formicine ants, Cataglyphis niger. Pairs of workers from different colonies were placed together for repeated trials, and their ability to discriminate the ant that they encountered from another familiar or unfamiliar ant was… CONTINUE READING

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