Seed predation by ants in south-eastern Spain (Desierto de Tabernas, Almería)

  title={Seed predation by ants in south-eastern Spain (Desierto de Tabernas, Almer{\'i}a)},
  author={I. Zuther S. Hensen},
Seed predation by ants was studied in the Tabernas Desert (Province of Almería, south-eastern Spain). Eight different species of harvester ants were found collecting seeds in single or foraging trails. Six of them feed mainly or exclusively on seeds. The most important predators are polyphagous Messor ants collecting all available seed types from the soil surface as well as directly from the mother plant. Predation of seeds was confirmed for 41 plant species. Their seed masses vary between 0.08… CONTINUE READING

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