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Habitat Effect on Fungal Substrate Selection by a Leaf-Cutting Ant
Harold G. Fowler
Journal of the New York Entomological Society
Vol. 90, No. 2 (Jun., 1982), pp. 64-69
Published by: New York Entomological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25009291
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Colonies of the grass-cutting ant, Acromyrmex landolti fracticornis, ranked potential fungal substrate in field preference bioassays as a function of the dominant grass species in the field in which they were located. Mahalanobis distances between and among colony preferences between and among habitats revealed that there was less variability among colonies within any habitat than between habitats. These results suggest that fungal substrate preferences are environmentally induced, probably as a result of early experience of workers.
Journal of the New York Entomological Society © 1982 New York Entomological Society