Nest-moving by the polydomous ant Cataglyphis iberica

Abdallah Dahbi, Javier Retana, Alain Lenoir, Xim Cerdá

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In this paper we analyze emigration from nests by the polydomous ant Cataglyphis iberica. Social carrying of workers of this species between different nests of the colony is frequent. In Bellaterra (Barcelona, NE Spain), we monitored field emigration of C. iberica by noting for each nest the migratory behavior of C. iberica workers and, when the nests were attacked by another ant species, Camponotus foreli, we noted the number of C. foreli workers involved in the attacks. Emigration of C. iberica from nests was highly variable. We suggest the main factor determining emigration by this species was attack by workers of C. foreli, so emigration from C. iberica nests was much faster when harassment by C. foreli increased. The system of multiple nests of C. iberica enables this species to abandon attacked nests and to reinstall their population in other nests of the same colony. This reduces risk to the colonies because the route between the different nests is well known by transporter workers. © 2007 Japan Ethological Society and Springer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-126
JournalJournal of Ethology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


  • Ant
  • Camponotus foreli
  • Cataglyphis iberica
  • Harassment
  • Nest emigration
  • Polydomy
  • Social carrying


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