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The Guests of Ants

How Myrmecophiles Interact with Their Hosts

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$69.95 • £59.95 • €63.00

ISBN 9780674265516

Publication Date: 07/19/2022


576 pages

8 x 9-1/4 inches

205 color photos, 16 color illus.

Belknap Press


  • Preface [Bert Hölldobler]
  • 1. Superorganisms: A Primer
    • Mating and Colony Founding
    • Division of Labor among Worker Ants
    • Division of Labor in Reproduction
    • Parasites inside the Superorganism
  • 2. Inside and on the Bodies of the Ants
    • Mutualistic Symbionts: The Case of Blochmannia
    • Internal Parasites and Parasitoids that Affect the Ants’ Behavior
    • Phoretic Myrmecophiles and Parasites on the Bodies of Host Ants
  • 3. Recognition, Identity Theft, and Camouflage
    • Nestmate Recognition
    • Identity Theft and Other Means of Intrusion
    • Cuticular Hydrocarbons Revisited
  • 4. The Lycaenidae: Mutualists, Predators, and Parasites
    • The Mutualists
    • Predators and Socially Parasitic Myrmecophiles in the Genus Phengaris
    • Miletine Predators, Tripartite Symbiosis, and Indirect Parasitism
    • Parasitoids Attacking Lycaenid Myrmecophiles
  • 5. Foraging Paths and Refuse Sites
    • Ant-Mugging Flies on the Ants’ Trails
    • Bengalia: Brood and Booty Snatcher Flies
    • The Beetle Amphotis marginata: Highwayman of Lasius fuliginosus
    • Predators and Scavengers: The Story of Some Pella Species
    • On the Ants’ Trails
  • 6. Spiders and Other Mimics, Pretenders, and Predators
    • Transformational and Compound Mimics
    • Collective Mimicry
    • Backpacks, Shields, and False Heads
    • Locomotory Mimicry
    • Odor Cloaks
    • Phoretic Spiders Take Flight
    • Spider Predators of Veromessor pergandei
  • 7. The Mysteries of Myrmecophilous Crickets
    • Strigilators and Thieves
    • Specialized Mouthparts
    • Host-Specialists and Host-Generalists
    • Odor Mimicry and Trail Following
    • The Mystery of Cricket Body Size
    • Phenotypic Plasticity and Cryptic Speciation
    • Gaster Mimicry and Egg Mimicry
    • Island Endemics and Island Hoppers
  • 8. Grades of Myrmecophilous Adaptations
    • Pella humeralis: The Predator and Scavenger
    • Dinarda Beetles: The Sneaky Thieves
    • Breaking the Code: Lomechusa and Lomechusoides
    • Claviger: Pretending to Be a Piece of Booty?
    • Paussinae: The Myrmecophilous Dracula Beetles
  • 9. Myrmecophiles in the Ecosystem of Ant Nests
    • The Nest Ecosystem of the Harvester Ant Pogonomyrmex badius
    • The Role of Myrmecophiles in the Ecosystem of Mound-Building Wood Ants
    • The Case of Army Ants, Especially the Leptogenys “Army Ants”
    • Networks and Colony-Level Censuses
    • Infestation by Myrmecophilous Parasites and Colony Traits
  • 10. Vertebrates and Ants
    • Myrmecophiles of a Feather
    • Anting
    • Fish and Amphibious Associates
    • Reptile Eggs in Ant Nests
    • Horned Lizards, Blind Snakes, and Legless Lizards
  • Epilogue
  • Glossary
  • References
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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