Predation by the ponerine ant Pachycondyla commutata on termites of the genus Syntermes in Amazonian rain forest

@inproceedings{Mill1984PredationBT,
  title={Predation by the ponerine ant Pachycondyla commutata on termites of the genus Syntermes in Amazonian rain forest},
  author={Alan E. Mill},
  year={1984}
}
Summary Pachycondyla commutata (Roger) is a ponerine ant which preys exclusively on foraging parties of leaf-cutting species of Syntermes Holmgren in neotropical forests. Its behaviour is specialized for the successful predation of these surface-foragers. A single scout locates the termite prey and returns directly to the nest, laying a scent trail. Inside the nest, about 40 nest-mates on average group together and then follow the scout along the scent trail to the termites, where they capture… CONTINUE READING

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