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Behavioral Interactions between Ants and Their Parasites

Daniel P. Wojcik
The Florida Entomologist
Vol. 72, No. 1 (Mar., 1989), pp. 43-51
DOI: 10.2307/3494966
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3494966
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Behavioral Interactions between Ants and Their Parasites
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Abstract

Ectoparasitic and endoparasitic arthropods of ants include species of Acarina (Antennophoridae, Uropodidae, Macrochelidae), Strepsiptera (Myrecolacidae), Hymenoptera (Formicidae, Diapriidae, Eucharitidae), and Diptera (Phoridae). Variation in the style of ectoparasitism is illustrated by the different lifestages involved and differing effects on the hosts by parasitic ants and eucharitids. Considerable variation in behavior occurs between related genera and species of phorids emphasizing the danger of over-generalization on the relationships of ants and their parasites. /// Artropódos ecto- y endoparásitos de homigas incluyen especies de Acarina (Antennophoridae, Uropodidae, Macrochelidae), Strepsiptera (Myrmecolacidae), Hymenoptera (Formicidae, Diapriidae, Eucharitidae), y Diptera (Phoridae). Variación en el estilo de ectoparasitismo es ilustrado por las diferentes etapas de vida involucrados, así como por los diferentes efectos en los hospederos causados por hormigas parasíticas y eucharítidos. Considerable variación en comportamiento ocurre entre géneros y especies relacionadas de phoridos, enfatizando el peligro de sobre generalización en las relaciones de hormigas y sus parásitos.

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