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Orientation and navigation during adult transport between nests in the ant Cataglypis iberica

AuthorsFourcassie, V.; Dahbi, A.; Cerdá, Xim
Issue Date2000
CitationNaturwissenschaften 87: 355- 359 (2000)
AbstractCataglyphis iberica is a polydomous ant species in which adult transports between nests are frequently observed. When pairs of workers were captured and released at the same location, the transporters (Ts) fled directly towards their destination nest and reached it in most of the cases. The transportees (Te), on the other hand, fled in the opposite direction and only a third of them eventually reached their nest of departure. Additional experiments suggest that this result may be explained by the fact that the Ts ants have a memory of the compass direction of the nest they are heading to and that they adjust their course by using a sequence of memorised landmarks. As regards to the Te, the reversal of their direction of transport seems to be based essentially on celestial cues.
Identifiersdoi: 10.1007/s001140050739
issn: 0028-1042
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