The ant’s estimation of distance travelled: experiments with desert ants, Cataglyphis fortis

@article{Sommer2003TheAE,
  title={The ant’s estimation of distance travelled: experiments with desert ants, Cataglyphis fortis},
  author={Stefan Sommer and R{\"u}diger Wehner},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={2003},
  volume={190},
  pages={1-6}
}
Foraging desert ants, Cataglyphis fortis, monitor their position relative to the nest by path integration. They continually update the direction and distance to the nest by employing a celestial compass and an odometer. In the present account we addressed the question of how the precision of the ant’s estimate of its homing distance depends on the distance travelled. We trained ants to forage at different distances in linear channels comprising a nest entrance and a feeder. For testing we… 

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