Nest structure of the bark-digging ant Rhopalomastix (Formicidae, Myrmicinae) and notes on its mutualistic associations with diaspidids in a Thai mango plantation

Gordon Yong, & Christian Peeters
Rhopalomastix is a bark digger ant that nests in the bark of living trees. The ants share a mutualistic relationship with diaspidids (armoured scale insects), housing them in their nest tunnels in the bark of a tree. Two colonies of Rhopalomastix sp. were sampled from two cultivars of mango trees in a mango plantation in Thailand. The architecture of the nest was mapped out and the respective resident diaspidid partners collected. Rhopalomastix built two different...
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