Nesting site selection of Temnothorax congruus from Japanese broad-leave forests: a trade-off between nest site quality and distance from sympatric Crematogaster teranishii colonies

Kazutaka Syoji &
Intra- and interspecific competition for resources such as food and nesting sites, as well as other biotic and abiotic factors, affect colony distribution of ant species. Through a series of laboratory experiments using Temnothorax congruus and its putative sympatric competitor Crematogaster teranishii we investigated whether nesting site selection by T. congruus is affected by the presence of C. teranishii. In the absence of C. teranishii, T. congruus colonies preferred plastic tubes with narrower entrances and...
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