Tracking Individuals Shows Spatial Fidelity Is a Key Regulator of Ant Social Organization

  title={Tracking Individuals Shows Spatial Fidelity Is a Key Regulator of Ant Social Organization},
  author={Danielle P Mersch and Alessandro Crespi and L. Keller},
  pages={1090 - 1093}
  • Danielle P Mersch, Alessandro Crespi, L. Keller
  • Published 2013
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
  • Ants live in organized societies with a marked division of labor among workers, but little is known about how this division of labor is generated. [...] Key Method We used a tracking system to continuously monitor individually tagged workers in six colonies of the ant Camponotus fellah over 41 days. Network analyses of more than 9 million interactions revealed three distinct groups that differ in behavioral repertoires. Each group represents a functional behavioral unit with workers moving from one group to the…Expand Abstract
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