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The Activity Pattern of the Ant Cataulacus Guineensis F. Smith (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in a Ghanaian Cocoa Farm

  • Joseph B. Ackonor
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Abstract

The activity pattern of the ant, Cataulacus guineensis F. Smith, was found to be diurnal; trailing starts around 6.00 a.m. and ends around 6,00 p.m. The effect of meteorological factors on the activity pattern of the ant was also investigated and rainfall was found to be the most important factor influencing the ant’s activity. The ant was found to be generally very active throughout the year, except when the harmattan conditions were very severe.

The species was found to be mainly a canopy forager, although occasionally it might forage on the ground. The mean foraging space was 555.0 m2; but when nests (colonies) were close together, overlapping of foraging spaces did occur.

Key Words

Cataulacus guineensis activity pattern trail foraging ant metereological factors nest census point colonies antennal greetings 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph B. Ackonor
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  1. 1.Zoology DepartmentUniversity of GhanaLegonGhana

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