Myrmecophilic relationship of Pella (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) to Lasius fuliginosus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

  • A large number of staphylinid beetles are closely associated with ants and termites (for review see Wilson 1971, Kistner 1979). Those species living with ants are commonly called myremcophiles. At least a few (Atemeles, Lomechusa) have "broken" the communication code of their host species and are thereby able to become completely integrated in the social system of the ants (Hölldolber 1967, 1970, 1971). In an attempt to understand the evolutionary pathways of this highly specialized social parasitic behavior, we studied closely related staphylinid species that do not live within the ant society but instead occupy the foraging trails and garbage dumps of an ant nest. ...

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Author:Bert Hölldolber, Michael Möglich, Ulrich Maschwitz
Parent Title (English):Psyche
Place of publication:New York, NY
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2014/05/08
Date of first Publication:1981/10/19
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/07/29
Page Number:28
First Page:347
Last Page:374
This article is in the public domain. This is an open access article, free of all copyright, and may be freely reproduced, distributed, transmitted, modified, built upon, or otherwise used by anyone for any lawful purpose. The work is made available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication.
Institutes:Biowissenschaften / Biowissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
Licence (German):License LogoGemeinfreies Werk / Public Domain