Canopy orientation: A new kind of orientation in ants

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Celestial cues, such as the sun or patterns of polarized sky light, appear to have no detectable effect in the precise homing orientation offoragers of Paltothyreus tarsatus. Field and laboratory experiments reveal that canopy patterns are a major influence in the home range orientation of this ponerine ant, a common species in African forests. Canopy orientation appears to be well suited to the restrictive lighting conditions of tropical forests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-88
Number of pages3
Issue number4465
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

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