The Ants - Chapter 13 Symbioses With Other Arthropods Summary & Analysis

Bert Hölldobler
This Study Guide consists of approximately 30 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Ants.
This section contains 519 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Ants Study Guide

Chapter 13 Symbioses With Other Arthropods Summary

This chapter considers symbiosis between ants and non-ant arthropods, continuing the theme of species communities, which began in Chapter 11. "[A]nt guests, commonly known as myrmecophiles, include a great variety of beetles, mites, collembolans, flies, and wasps, as well as less abundant representatives of a wide range of other insect groups" (p. 471). Myrmecophile studies typically divide species into five behavioral categories, including: synechthrans, or predators that elicit attacks; synoeketes, or predators that do not elicit attacks; symphiles, or "true" guests; ectoparasites and endoparasites; and trophobionts, or species that provide their hosts with a benefit such as food in return for a benefit such as protection.

The enormous diversity of myrmecophiles is noted, and the numerous guests of army ants are presented as a detailed case study. For example, among myrmecophilous mites alone, Circocyllibanidae species ride...

(read more from the Chapter 13 Symbioses With Other Arthropods Summary)

This section contains 519 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Ants Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
The Ants from BookRags. (c)2016 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook