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Eye structure correlates with distinct foraging-bout timing in primitive ants

  • Birgit Greiner
  • Ajay Narendra
  • Samuel F. Reid
  • Marie Dacke
  • Willi A. Ribi
  • Jochen Zeil
Publishing year: 2007
Language: English
Pages: 879-880
Publication/Series: Current Biology
Volume: 17
Issue: 20
Document type: Journal article (letter)
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

Social insects have evolved remarkable physiological adaptations and behavioural strategies that enable them to access new temporal foraging niches (for example [1]). Here we report striking correlations between the timing of foraging bouts and the modification of eye structure in four species of ants belonging to the primitive genus Myrmecia. Most noteworthy, photoreceptor diameters progressively increase from 1.3 μm in strictly day-active species, to 5.9 μm in predominantly night-active species.


  • Zoology


  • Lund Vision Group
  • ISSN: 1879-0445
Marie Dacke
E-mail: marie [dot] dacke [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se


Functional zoology

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