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Ant Ecology

Lori Lach, Catherine Parr, and Kirsti Abbott


From scorching, barren deserts to humid tropical forests, from deep in the soil, to high in the tree canopies, ants are everywhere! Comprising a substantial part of living biomass on earth, ants are integral to the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. More than 12,000 species have been described to date, and it is estimated that perhaps as many still await classification. Their social structure provides a rich ground for exploring how division of labour affects the acquisition of resources, foraging and defensive behaviours, and coevolution with the flora and fauna with which they interact. ... More

Keywords: ants, myrmecology, global diversity, community ecology, population ecology, division of labour, evolution, social insects, biological invasions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199544639
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544639.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lori Lach, editor
The University of Western Australia, Australia

Catherine Parr, editor
Oxford University Centre for the Environment, UK

Kirsti Abbott, editor
Monash University, Australia

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Chapter 2 Biogeography

Brian L. Fisher

Chapter 3 Geographic Gradients

Robert R. Dunn, Benoit Guénard, Michael D. Weiser, and Nathan J. Sanders

Chapter 5 Competition and the Role of Dominant Ants

Catherine L. Parr and Heloise Gibb

Chapter 6 Ants as Mutualists

Joshua Ness, Kailen Mooney, and Lori Lach

Chapter 8 Ant Diversity and Function in Disturbed and Changing Habitats

Stacy M. Philpott, Ivette Perfecto, Inge Armbrecht, and Catherine L. Parr

Chapter 9 Colonial Reproduction and Life Histories

Christian Peeters and Mathieu Molet

Chapter 10 Colony Structure

Florian M. Steiner, Ross H. Crozier, and Birgit C. Schlick‐Steiner

Chapter 11 Nestmate Recognition

Patrizia d'Ettorre and Alain Lenoir

Chapter 12 Foraging and Defence Strategies

Anna Dornhaus and Scott Powell

Chapter 13 Biogeographic and Taxonomic Patterns of Introduced Ants

Andrew V. Suarez, Terrence P. McGlynn, and Neil D. Tsutsui

Chapter 14 Invasion Processes and Causes of Success

Paul D. Krushelnycky, David A. Holway, and Edward G. LeBrun

Chapter 15 Consequences of Ant Invasions

Lori Lach and Linda M. Hooper‐Bùi

Chapter 16 Invasive Ant Management

Ben Hoffmann, Kirsti Abbott, and Peter Davis

Synthesis and Perspectives

Lori Lach, Catherine L. Parr, and Kirsti Abbott