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Traveling in clutter: Navigation in the Central Australian desert ant Melophorus bagoti


Cheng, Ken; Narendra, Ajay; Sommer, Stefan; Wehner, Rüdiger (2009). Traveling in clutter: Navigation in the Central Australian desert ant Melophorus bagoti. Behavioural Processes, 80(3):261-268.

Abstract

The Central Australian desert ant Melophorus bagoti is the most thermophilic ant on the continent. It comes out to forage during the hottest part of the day in the summer months. The ant shares a cluttered, plant-filled habitat with other arthropods and uses a range of navigational strategies. We review recent studies on this species concerning its use of habitual routes, distant landmarks, landmarks around the nest, and path integration, which is keeping track of the distance and direction traveled from one's starting point. Functional predictions concerning the acquisition, retention, and integration of memories of distances and of landmarks are also reviewed, illuminating the behavioral ecology of spatial cognition.

Abstract

The Central Australian desert ant Melophorus bagoti is the most thermophilic ant on the continent. It comes out to forage during the hottest part of the day in the summer months. The ant shares a cluttered, plant-filled habitat with other arthropods and uses a range of navigational strategies. We review recent studies on this species concerning its use of habitual routes, distant landmarks, landmarks around the nest, and path integration, which is keeping track of the distance and direction traveled from one's starting point. Functional predictions concerning the acquisition, retention, and integration of memories of distances and of landmarks are also reviewed, illuminating the behavioral ecology of spatial cognition.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Zoology (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Language:English
Date:March 2009
Deposited On:18 Apr 2013 08:48
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:39
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0376-6357
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2008.10.015

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