Foraging Behavior of Odontomachus Baurl on Barro Colorado Island, Panama

Birgit Ehmer, Bert Hölldobler

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Foraging behavior and partitioning of foraging areas of Odontomachus bauri were investigated on Barro Colorado Island in Panama. The activity of the ants did not show any daily pattern; foragers were active day and night. The type of prey captured by O. bauri supports the idea that in higher Odontomachus and Anochetus species, the high speed of mandible closure serves more for generating power than capturing elusive prey. Polydomous nests may enable O. bauri colonies to enlarge their foraging areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-224
Number of pages10
JournalPsyche (New York)
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science


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