To find an ant: trail-following in Australian blindsnakes (Typhlopidae)

@article{Webb1992ToFA,
  title={To find an ant: trail-following in Australian blindsnakes (Typhlopidae)},
  author={Jonathan K. Webb and Richard Shine},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1992},
  volume={43},
  pages={941-948}
}
Abstract The ability of small fossorial myrmecophagous Australian blindsnakes, Ramphotyphlops nigrescens , to follow scent trails was studied in the laboratory. Blindsnakes ignored trails of non-prey items (earthworms, isopods, termites) and control trails, but followed trails laid by four species of worker ants. Trails of Campanotus consobrinus and Iridomyrmex purpureus , two ant species that use well defined communal foraging trails, were readily followed by blindsnakes, as were trails of two… Expand
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