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Asian Myrmecology, Volume 9, pages 1-2, online first (online version of paper published before print issue)

Short Communication
Harvesting fig seeds from bird feces by an Oriental myrmicine ant species, Acanthomyrmex ferox Emery, 1893 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

FUMINORI ITO1 *, BRUNO GOBIN2 AND ROSLI HASHIM3

1Laboratory of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Kagawa University, Ikenobe, Miki 761-0795, Japan,

2Present address, PCS-Ornamental Plant Research, Schaessestraat 18, 9070 Destelbergen, Belgium

3Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Article first published online 16/November/2017

DOI: 10.20362/am.009017

Asian Myrmecology 9: e009017 (1-2)

© F Ito, B. Gobin, and R. Hashim

Abstract: Seed harvesting behavior of the Oriental myrmicine ant, Acanthomyrmex ferox was observed in Ulu Gombak, Peninsular Malaysia. Minor workers harvested fig seeds exclusively from bird feces dropped on the lower vegetation.

Keywords: ants, Ficus, foraging, seed dispersal

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