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- Foraging Behavior and Subtask Hierarchical Structure in Acromyrmex spp. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
- Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
- This study considers the function and complexity of tasks during foraging of three Acromyrmex species. Foraging was classified as a team task composed of 2 or 3 processes: recruitment, selection, and collection. Each process was subdivided into different subtasks. Points were attributed to subtasks considering their hierarchical level to compare the complexity of foraging among species. Total scores obtained were 19 for A. balzani and 14 for A. crassispinus and A. rugosus, indicating different degrees of social complexity for grass-cutting and leaf-cutting ant species. Acromyrmex balzani, a grass-cutting ant species, shows a behavioral repertoire composed of more variable subtasks during foraging.
- Sociobiology, v. 42, n. 3, p. 781-793, 2003.
- Division of labor
- Leaf-cutting ants
- Task structure
- Acromyrmex balzani
- Acromyrmex crassispinus
- Acromyrmex rugosus
- Acesso restrito
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