Data from: Dietary specialization in mutualistic acacia-ants affects relative abundance but not identity of host-associated bacteria

Benjamin E. R. Rubin, Stefanie Kautz, Brian D. Wray & Corrie S. Moreau
Acacia-ant mutualists in the genus Pseudomyrmex nest obligately in acacia plants and, as we show through stable isotope analysis, feed at a remarkably low trophic level. Insects with diets such as these sometimes depend on bacterial symbionts for nutritional enrichment. We, therefore, examine the bacterial communities associated with acacia-ants in order to determine whether they host bacterial partners likely to contribute to their nutrition. Despite large differences in trophic position, acacia-ants and related species with...
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