myrmecophily


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myrmecophily

the use of ants by other insects (usually beetles), as a source of food, or of their nest as a place in which to live.
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A case of myrmecophily of Micaria (Araneae: Gnaphosidae) in a savanna of the Colombian Orinoquia.
Although myrmecophily includes a diverse array of interactions, such as the development of epiphytic gardens by ants and seed dispersal by ants, it is traditionally associated to anti-herbivore defensive interactions by ants, guarding animals which are in turn rewarded by plants via the production of food and housing structures.
pollination, myrmecophily, frugivory) is still poorly understood and is not well represented in the book.