The importance of ants in cave ecology, with new records and behavioral observations of ants in Arizona caves

@article{Pape2016TheIO,
  title={The importance of ants in cave ecology, with new records and behavioral observations of ants in Arizona caves},
  author={R. B. Pape},
  journal={International Journal of Speleology},
  year={2016},
  volume={45},
  pages={185-205}
}
  • R. B. Pape
  • Published 2016
  • Biology
  • International Journal of Speleology
The importance of ants as elements in cave ecology has been mostly unrecognized. A global list of ant species recorded from caves, compiled from a review of existing literature, is presented. This paper also reviews what is currently known about ants occurring in Arizona (USA) caves. The diversity and distribution represented in these records suggests ants are relatively common cave visitors (trogloxenes). A general utilization of caves by ants within both temperate and tropical latitudes may… Expand
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