REMOVAL EXPERIMENT REVEALS LIMITED EFFECTS OF A BEHAVIORALLY DOMINANT SPECIES ON ANT ASSEMBLAGES

@article{Gibb2004REMOVALER,
  title={REMOVAL EXPERIMENT REVEALS LIMITED EFFECTS OF A BEHAVIORALLY DOMINANT SPECIES ON ANT ASSEMBLAGES},
  author={Heloise Gibb and Dieter F. Hochuli},
  journal={Ecology},
  year={2004},
  volume={85},
  pages={648-657}
}
Ant communities are thought to consist of a competitive hierarchy of interacting species, with an assemblage of subordinate species being structured by a dominant species. Mensurative and behavioral studies suggest a significant role for competition in structuring ant communities, although there are few experimental studies to support this contention. We examined the effect of the dominant ant Iridomyrmex purpureus on the ant fauna of sandstone outcrops in southeastern Australia. We conducted a… 

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