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Biol Lett. 2005 Jun 22;1(2):190-2.

Tomb evaders: house-hunting hygiene in ants.

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Centre for Behavioural Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. nigel.franks@bristol.ac.uk

Abstract

House-hunting ants avoid otherwise excellent potential nest sites that contain dead ants which may pose risks from poor hygiene. This discovery adds another category to the exceptionally long list of nest site attributes that ants evaluate. It further indicates the importance of disease as a selection pressure on social insects.

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17148163
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PMC1626204
DOI:
10.1098/rsbl.2005.0302
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