The fate of Corydalis cava elaiosomes within an ant colony of Myrmica rubra: elaiosomes are preferentially fed to larvae

@article{Fischer2004TheFO,
  title={The fate of Corydalis cava elaiosomes within an ant colony of Myrmica rubra: elaiosomes are preferentially fed to larvae},
  author={R. C. Fischer and S. M. {\"O}lzant and W. Wanek and V. Mayer},
  journal={Insectes Sociaux},
  year={2004},
  volume={52},
  pages={55-62}
}
  • R. C. Fischer, S. M. Ölzant, +1 author V. Mayer
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Insectes Sociaux
  • Summary.The diaspores of many plant species are adapted to dispersal by ants (myrmecochory). The ants carry the diaspores into their nests where the appendages of the diaspores (elaiosomes) are consumed. Little is known, however, about the fate of diaspores in the colony, i.e., whether elaiosomes are consumed only by the larvae or also by the workers. In this study, the distribution of Corydalis cava (Fumariaceae) elaiosomes was monitored between the larvae and the working caste of laboratory… CONTINUE READING
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