Studies of a South East Asian ant-plant association: protection of Macaranga trees by Crematogaster borneensis

@article{Fiala2004StudiesOA,
  title={Studies of a South East Asian ant-plant association: protection of Macaranga trees by Crematogaster borneensis},
  author={B. Fiala and U. Maschwitz and T. Y. Pong and A. Helbig},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={79},
  pages={463-470}
}
  • B. Fiala, U. Maschwitz, +1 author A. Helbig
  • Published 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Oecologia
  • SummaryIn the humid tropics of SE Asia there are some 14 myrmecophytic species of the pioneer tree genus Macaranga (Euphorbiaceae). In Peninsular Malaysia a close association exists between the trees and the small, non-stinging myrmicine Crematogaster borneensis. These ants feed mainly on food bodies provided by the plants and have their colonies inside the hollow internodes. In a ten months field study we were able to demonstrate for four Macaranga species (M. triloba, M. hypoleuca, M. hosei… CONTINUE READING
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