slave-making ant

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Synonyms for slave-making ant

an ant that attacks colonies of other ant species and carries off the young to be reared as slave ants

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Tinaut, "Raid process, activity pattern and influence of abiotic conditions in the slave-making ant Rossomyrmex minuchae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) a slavemaker species," Insectes Sociaux, vol.
Ugolini, "Ecoethological factors affecting the scouting and raiding behaviour ofthe slave-making ant Polyergus rufescens Latr.
Le Moli, "Specifity in host choice by the slave-making ant Polyergus rufescens Latr.
Tinaut, "The assault process of the slave-making ant Rossomyrmex minuchae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)," Sociobiology, vol.
Tinaut, "Mating behaviour in a slave-making ant, Rossomyrmex minuchae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)," Naturwissenschaften, vol.
Buschinger, "Genetically mediated queen polymorphism and caste determination in the slave-making ant Harpagoxenus sublaevis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)," Entomologia Generalis, vol.
Slave-making ants are a type of permanent social parasites (thus depending on enslaved hosts ants throughout their whole live) whose newly mated queens need to usurp a host nest in order to initiate a new parasite colony.
To date there are four species of the slave-making ants Rossomyrmex and, to our knowledge, each parasite species has a single host from the genus Proformica, thus forming unique coevolving pairs: R.
These ants become slaves when workers from the slave-making ant colony attack the nests of the host species Temnothorax longispinosus, kill the adult ants, and steal the brood.
Comparative analysis of sex investment ratios in slave-making ants. Evolution 43:913-918.
data), through the use of path analysis on eight species of slave-making ants, found that colonies raising sexuals had significantly more parasite workers than colonies that failed to produce sexuals (the analysis controls for the effect of slave number).
A colony of 3,000 slave-making ants may have more than 6,000 slaves.
Joan Herbers of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, who studies slave-making ants, calls the wasp report "most interesting." Some slave makers release a chemical that causes the ants that they're raiding to run around in alarm.
The slave-making ants from New York did more damage than their West Virginia counterparts, capturing a greater percentage of each invaded brood and killing more queens.
A specialist in slave-making ants, Joan Herbers of Colorado State University in Fort Collins concurs that the biological costs of slavery remain open for discussion.