Colony specific territorial pheromone in the African weaver ant Oecophylla longinoda (Latreille)

Berthold Hoelldobler, E. O. Wilson

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Abstract

Major workers of Oecophylla longinoda mark their territories with persistent pheromones that are distinguishable to the ants at the colony level. Workers detecting the deposits of an alien colony respond with increased amounts of aversive and aggressive behavior, and they later recruit nest mates to the area at a higher rate. Colonies entering a field impregnated with their own scent also gain an initial advantage in warfare with other colonies. The pheromones are located at least in part in drops of rectal sac fluid deposited by workers over the territorial surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2072-2075
Number of pages4
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume74
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes

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