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Asian Myrmecology, Volume 9, pages 1-6 online first (online version of paper published before print issue)

Synchronized group retrieval of honeydew by Prenolepis ants in Singapore

CHRISTIAN PEETERS1 * and GORDON YONG2

1Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, UMR CNRS 7618, Sorbonne Universit├ęs UPMC, Paris 75005, France

2Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore, 14 Science Drive 4, Singapore 117543

Article first published online 27/April/2017

DOI: 10.20362/am.009009

Asian Myrmecology 9: e009009 (1-6)

© C. Peeters and G. Yong

Abstract: Prenolepis of the Formicinae sybfamily are smallish ants that mostly inhabit soil, leaf litter, and rotten wood on the ground and appear to be generalist omnivores and often gather hemipteran exudates. This work reports on synchronized group retrieval of honeydew by Prenolepis subopaca ants in Singapore.

Keywords: foraging, repletes, temporal niche, Formicinae

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VIDEO S1. Synchronized mass return of Prenolepis honeydew gatherers.

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VIDEO S2. Prenolepis honeydew-gatherers returning to ground nest.

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