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Ant Ecology

Lori Lach, Catherine Parr, and Kirsti Abbott


From scorching, barren deserts to humid tropical forests, from deep in the soil, to high in the tree canopies, ants are everywhere! Comprising a substantial part of living biomass on earth, ants are integral to the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. More than 12,000 species have been described to date, and it is estimated that perhaps as many still await classification. Their social structure provides a rich ground for exploring how division of labour affects the acquisition of resources, foraging and defensive behaviours, and coevolution with the flora and fauna with which they interact. ... More

Keywords: ants, myrmecology, global diversity, community ecology, population ecology, division of labour, evolution, social insects, biological invasions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199544639
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544639.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lori Lach, editor
The University of Western Australia, Australia

Catherine Parr, editor
Oxford University Centre for the Environment, UK

Kirsti Abbott, editor
Monash University, Australia

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