Ant Ecology

Paperback | July 16, 2010

EditorLori Lach, Catherine Parr, Kirsti Abbott

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Comprising a substantial part of living biomass on earth, ants are integral to the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. More than 12,500 species have been described to date, and it is estimated that perhaps as many still await classification. Ant Ecology explores key ecological issues and new developments in myrmecology across a range of scales. The book begins with a global perspective on species diversity in time and space, and examines interactions at the community level before describing the population ecology of these socialinsects. The final section covers the recent ecological phenomenon of invasive ants: how they move across the globe, invade, affect ecosystems, and are managed by humans. Each chapter links ant ecology to broader ecological principles, provides a succinct summary, and discusses future researchdirections. Practical aspects of myrmecology, applications of ant ecology, debates, and novel discoveries are highlighted in text boxes throughout the volume. The book concludes with a synthesis of the current state of the field and a look at exciting future research directions. The extensivereference list and full glossary are invaluable for researchers, and those new to the field.

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Comprising a substantial part of living biomass on earth, ants are integral to the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. More than 12,500 species have been described to date, and it is estimated that perhaps as many still await classification. Ant Ecology explores key ecological issues and new developments in myrmecology across a rang...

Dr. Lori Lach is Research Assistant Professor at The University of Western Australia. She has conducted myrmecological research in many parts of the globe. Her current research interests include ant-plant and mutualistic interactions, and the consequences of biological invasions on these interactions. She is also interested in restori...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:424 pagesPublished:July 16, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199592616

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E.O. Wilson: ForewordLori Lach, Catherine Parr and Kirsti Abbott: PrefacePart 1 - Global Ant Diversity and Conservation1. Philip Ward: Taxonomy, Phylogenetics, and Evolution2. Brian Fisher: Biogeography3. Rob Dunn, Benoit Guenard, Michael Weiser and Nathan Sanders: Geographic Gradients4. Leeanne Alonso: Ant Conservation: Current Status and Call to ActionPart 2 - Community Dynamics5. Catherine Parr and Heloise Gibb: Competition and the Role of Dominant Ants6. Joshua Ness, Kailen Mooney and Lori Lach: Ants as Mutualists7. Nico Bluthgen and Heike Feldhaar: Food and Shelter: How Resources Influence Ant Ecology8. Stacy Philpott, Ivette Perfecto, Inge Armbrecht and Catherine Parr: Ant Biodiversity and Function in Disturbed and Changing HabitatsPart 3 - Population Ecology9. Christian Peeters and Mathieu Molet: Colonial Reproduction and Life Histories10. Florian M. Steiner, Ross H. Crozier and Birgit C. Schlick-Steiner: Colony Structure11. Patrizia D'Ettorre and Alain Lenoir: Nestmate Recognition12. Anna Dornhaus and Scott Powell: Foraging and Defence Strategies in AntsPart 4 - Invasive Ants13. Andrew Suarez, Terry McGlynn and Neil Tsutsui: Biogeographic and Taxonomic Patterns of Introduced Ants14. Paul Krushelnycky, David Holway and Edward LeBrun: Invasion Processes and Causes of Success15. Lori Lach and Linda Hooper-Bui: Consequences of Ant Invasions16. Ben Hoffmann, Kirsti Abbott and Peter Davis: Invasive Ant Management17. Lori Lach, Catherine Parr and Kirsti Abbott: Synthesis and PerspectivesGlossaryReferencesIndex