Planting of fungus onto hibernating workers of the fungus-growing ant Mycetosoritis clorindae (Attini, Formicidae)

@article{Mueller2010PlantingOF,
  title={Planting of fungus onto hibernating workers of the fungus-growing ant Mycetosoritis clorindae (Attini, Formicidae)},
  author={U. Mueller and A. Ortiz and M. Bacci},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2010},
  volume={57},
  pages={209-215}
}
  • U. Mueller, A. Ortiz, M. Bacci
  • Published 2010
  • Biology
  • Insectes Sociaux
  • We describe a peculiar fungus-coating behavior of the attine ant Mycetosoritis clorindae, where workers plant fungal mycelium on hibernating nestmates. Hibernating nestmates become ultimately enveloped in a live mycelial coat, remain motionless in this coated state, and essentially become integrated into the garden matrix. The shallow nest architecture of M. clorindae (depth of main garden is 15–30 cm) in southern Brazil forces the ants to overwinter at relatively low temperatures in the… CONTINUE READING
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