, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 83–91 | Cite as

Foraging, recruitment and predation by Decamorium uelense (Sanstchi) (Formicidae: Myrmicinae) on termites in Southern Guinea Savanna, Nigeria

  • C. Longhurst
  • R. A. Johnson
  • T. G. Wood


The myrmicine ant Decamorium uelense is a predator of small termites which feed inside their food sources of roots and plant debris. The ant uses a specialized recruitment regime to secure its prey. A scout ant searches for foraging termites and returns to the nest where it recruits a column of 10–30 ants which attack and immobilize the termites. A mass recruitment phase is then instigated, with larger numbers of ants retrieving the prey. The major prey item is Microtermes (consumed at an annual rate of 632 termites m-2), with other small termites accounting for 0.5% of the total predation. The annual predation of Microtermes in primary savanna woodland by D. uelense removes 74% of the standing population.


Food Source Nigeria Annual Rate Prey Item Plant Debris 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Longhurst
    • 1
  • R. A. Johnson
    • 1
  • T. G. Wood
    • 1
  1. 1.Termite Research ProjectAgricultural Research StationMokwaNigeria

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