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Oecologia

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 281–282 | Cite as

Is the mound ofFormica polyctena foerst. in orgin a simulation of a rock

  • D. Ch. Brandt
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Summary

The red wood antFormica polyctena builds a mound of dead vegetable material which is accumulated into a sort of loose thatch. Some taxonomic relatives ofFormica nest beneath rocks and the two nest types are closely related in a physical sense. Possibly this similarity is more than just coincidental. The hypothesis is suggested that the mound ofFormica polyctena has evolved as a simulation of a rock.

Keywords

Physical Sense Taxonomic Relative Nest Type Vegetable Material Dead Vegetable 
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© Springer-Verlag 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Ch. Brandt
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  1. 1.Zoological Laboratory, Department of EcologyUniversity of LeidenLeidenthe Netherlands

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