Insectes Sociaux

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 295–299

Cleptobiosis in the antEctatomma ruidum in Nicaragua

  • I. Perfecto
  • J. H. Vandermeer
Research Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF01242365

Cite this article as:
Perfecto, I. & Vandermeer, J.H. Ins. Soc (1993) 40: 295. doi:10.1007/BF01242365


Observations of the ponerine antEctatomma ruidum suggested that this is a cleptobiotic species which appears to use the pheromone trails of other ant species to locate individual workers carrying food. To test this hypothesis an arena was set up to quantify the position of eachE. ruidum that entered the arena with respect to its position on or off a well-established foraging trail ofPheidole radoszkowskii, a myrmicine. Encounters betweenE. ruidum andP. radoszkowskii are described. Quantitative data and behavioral observations support the cleptobiosis hypothesis. This study adds yet another dimension to the diverse array of foraging strategies of the Ponerinae.

Key words

Ectatomma ruidum Pheidole radoszkowskii food robbing foraging behavior pheromone trails cleptobiosis 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Perfecto
    • 1
  • J. H. Vandermeer
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Natural Resources and EnvironmentUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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