Undertaking specialization in the desert leaf-cutter ant Acromyrmex versicolor

  title={Undertaking specialization in the desert leaf-cutter ant Acromyrmex versicolor},
  author={Glennis E. Julian and S. Cahan},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  • Glennis E. Julian, S. Cahan
  • Published 1999
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Animal Behaviour
  • We investigated undertaking behaviour in the desert leaf-cutter ant to determine whether colonies show undertaking specialization, how task specialization is regulated and the consequences of specialization on colony performance. Task specialization has been hypothesized to be a result of internal physiological or genetic factors that govern worker behaviour. On the other hand, it has been suggested that task specialization could be a result of spatial structuring of workers allowing only a… CONTINUE READING
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