Data from: Widespread chemical detoxification of alkaloid venom by formicine ants

Edward G. LeBrun, Peter J. Diebold, Matthew R. Orr & Lawrence E. Gilbert
The ability to detoxify defensive compounds of competitors provides key ecological advantages that can influence community-level processes. Although common in plants and bacteria, this type of detoxification interaction is extremely rare in animals. Here, using laboratory behavioral assays and analyses of videotaped interactions in South America, we report widespread venom detoxification among ants in the subfamily Formicinae. Across both data sets, nine formicine species, representing all major clades, used a stereotyped grooming behavior to self-apply...
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