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A new case of jumping behaviour in ants, as part of the foraging strategy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10505238     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
We demonstrated for the first time in this laboratory study that the tree-dwelling ant Polyrhachis laboriosa can jump down beyond any context of escape or predation. When it is necessary to jump to reach an isolated food supply or explore a larger territory, workers of P. laboriosa jump down from a height of 5-100 cm. The characteristics of this active jumping display are described here. During foraging or exploratory conditions, the workers learnt to jump and integrated this behaviour into their strategy of exploitation of the 3D-environment. Under laboratory conditions, they began to jump earlier and more frequently as a function of their motivation during successive tests.
Authors:
J L Mercier; A Lenoir
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Comptes rendus de l'Académie des sciences. Série III, Sciences de la vie     Volume:  322     ISSN:  0764-4469     ISO Abbreviation:  C. R. Acad. Sci. III, Sci. Vie     Publication Date:  1999 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-10-18     Completed Date:  1999-10-18     Revised Date:  2003-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503078     Medline TA:  C R Acad Sci III     Country:  FRANCE    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  661-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Laboratoire d'éthologie expérimentale et comparée, université Paris-Nord, Villetaneuse, France. jlmercier@univ-tours.fr
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Animals
Ants / physiology*
Exploratory Behavior
Feeding Behavior
Learning / physiology*
Locomotion / physiology*

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