Nest Tree Selectivity by the Tropical Ant, Paraponera clavata

  title={Nest Tree Selectivity by the Tropical Ant, Paraponera clavata},
  author={Mark C. Belk and Hal L. Black and Clive D. Jorgensen and Stephen P. Hubbell and Robin B. Foster},
Paraponera clavata is a large, arboreal foraging, ground nesting, Neotropical ant which appears to rely heavily upon nectar from extra-floral nectaries. In a Costa Rican forest his ant built nests at the base of ten species of trees but seemed to select preferentially the tree Pentaclethra macroloba (Bennett & Breed 1985). These authors suggested that trees with extra-floral nectaries and buttresses may be selected by P. clavata. In Panama we found P. clavata nests at the base of 76 species of… 

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