Size matters: mole (Talpa europaea) hills and nest-site selection of the ant Formica exsecta

  title={Size matters: mole (Talpa europaea) hills and nest-site selection of the ant Formica exsecta},
  author={Andreas Katzerke and Peter Bliss and Robin Moritz},
  journal={Population Ecology},
Moles are fossorial mammals that can act both as zoogeomorphic agents and species diversity drivers. These popular animals regularly push heaps of earth from their subterranean tunnel systems to the surface. Thereby they rearrange and improve the local microtopography for ant nesting. Here we use a strongly molehill (Talpa europaea) mediated nest system of the unicolonial wood ant Formica (Coptoformica) exsecta to test for ecological factors influencing nest-site selection at the microhabitat… CONTINUE READING
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