Myrmecia inquilina new species: The first parasite among the lower ants

  title={Myrmecia inquilina new species: The first parasite among the lower ants},
  author={Athol M. Douglas and William L. Brown},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
Until one of us (Douglas, 1956) briefly announced the discovery of an inquilinous species os the ant genus Myrmecia F., all os the many known species of socially parasitic ants belonged to the "higher" subfamilies of the Formicidae : Doliehoderinae, Formicinae and l~yrmicinae, especially the last two. The specialized habits of the various kinds of army ants (Dorylinae, Leptanillinae) and tile mass-raiding, myrmecophagous Cerapachyinae s e e m to render the development of parasitic habits… 
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The Social Biology of Ants

In the present review, biological information in army ants has been mentioned where it was thought to have general significance and behavior and colonial organization are considered.

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The first social parasite known in the genus Nylanderia deceptrix is described, which depends on the host species for survival and brood care and helps to better understand the host-parasite relationship.

Nest structure and populations ofMyrmecia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), with observations on the capture of prey

  • B. Gray
  • Environmental Science
    Insectes Sociaux
  • 2005
SummaryThe queen makes a very simple nest structure which appears to be a common design for mostMyrmecia species. However, after the appearance of the first workers the nest structure changes slowly


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