The mandible opening response: quantifying aggression elicited by chemical cues in ants.


Social insects have evolved efficient recognition systems guaranteeing social cohesion and protection from enemies. To defend their territories and threaten non-nestmate intruders, ants open their mandibles as a first aggressive display. Albeit chemical cues play a major role in discrimination between nestmates and non-nestmates, classical bioassays based… (More)
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.008508