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Ant (Formica Pallidefulva) Nest Architecture

Title: Ant (Formica Pallidefulva) Nest Architecture: Structure and Rules of Excavation.
Name(s): Mikheyev, Alexander S., author
Tschinkel, Walter R., professor directing thesis
Houle, David, committee member
Levitan, Don R., committee member
Department of Biological Science, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2002
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The nest architecture of underground ant nests was studied in Formica pallidefulva. These ants build shallow (30-45 cm deep) nests, which consisted of more or less vertical shafts that bear chambers. Shafts appeared to be modular units of nest growth; nests were enlarged by adding more shafts or extending previously existing ones. The nests were top-heavy, their volume declining exponentially with depth. The total volume of the nest was strongly correlated with the number of worker occupying the nest. Several rules and templates that may be used by workers for nest construction were determined: (a) chambers are formed in the direction of the tunnels leading up to them, (b) the amount of soil excavated per unit time was related to the soil temperature and the moisture content of soil. The amount of time and energy required to construct a typical nest were estimated using digging ability parameters estimated in the lab. It was found that if a colony was to move twice a year, it would expend 21% of its energy intake and 6% of its worker time on nest excavation.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2444 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis Submitted to the Department of Biological Science in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: .
Date of Defense: September 25, 2002.
Keywords: Formica Pallidefulva, Nest, Excavation, Architecture, Ant
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Walter R. Tschinkel, Professor Directing Thesis; David Houle, Committee Member; Don R. Levitan, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Biology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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