The role of fungus in the diet of the leaf‐cutting ant Atta cephalotes (L.)

@article{Quinlan1979TheRO,
  title={The role of fungus in the diet of the leaf‐cutting ant Atta cephalotes (L.)},
  author={R. J. Quinlan and J. M. Cherrett},
  journal={Ecological Entomology},
  year={1979},
  volume={4}
}
Abstract. 1. The workers and queen of the leaf‐cutting ant Atta cephalotes fed on the juice of swollen hyphae (staphylae) produced by their cultivated fungus, but neither obtained sufficient energy from this source for their respiratory needs. The number of staphylae eaten by workers increased with worker size but was not enough to satisfy their energy requirements. 
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