Structure and seasonal activity of Chihuahuan Desert ant communities

TitleStructure and seasonal activity of Chihuahuan Desert ant communities
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1978
AuthorsWhitford WG
JournalInsectes Sociaux
Volume25
Pagination79-88
Date Published1978
Call Number00368
Keywordsant community,behavior, article, articles, community, ant, behavior, gramnivore,ant community, journal, journals, omnivores,ant community
AbstractIn a desert area with abundant annual plants the largest feeding guild was grammivores (nine species). In an area with few annual plants, the largest feeding guild was omnivores (eight species). Within a guild there is little overlap in body length of workers. Species in which there was overlap in body length of workers exhibited marked differences in diet and seasonal activity. Variation in precipitation and productivity between years resulted in differences in seasonal activity, hence considerable variation in the structure of the ant community through time.