Encyclopedia of Social Insects

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Marauder Ants (Carebara in Part)

  • Mark W. MoffettEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90306-4_75-1



The term marauder ant refers to the two species Carebara diversa and C. silenus, myrmicine ants until recently placed in their own genus, Pheidologeton. This is a monophyletic group of behaviorally and ecologically distinct ants [ 1]. The better-known species, C. diversa, is most common in disturbed habitats extending from India across Southeast Asia to southern China and Taiwan, while C. silenus resides in forests of the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java, and Borneo. These species warrant attention because of their extreme physical castes and a remarkably flexible foraging strategy that includes finding food en masse, at a scale similar to many doryline army ants, with the collective foraging raids of marauder ants reaching into the tens of thousands of participants [ 2] (Fig. 1).
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EntomologyNational Museum of Natural HistoryWashingtonUSA