Life Histories of Subarctic Ants
Keywords:Animal behaviour, Animal population, Animal reproduction, Ants, Cold adaptation, Cold physiology, Hibernation, Taiga ecology, Thermoregulation, Treeline, Alaska, Churchill region, Manitoba, Nouveau-Québec, Scandinavia, Sibir', Russian Federation
Ant species belonging to seven genera occur in habitats near the tree line in the Northern Hemisphere. An analysis of colony founding strategies suggests that in addition to physiological cold resistance, behavioral and sociometric adaptations might be important for survival and propagation of ants in subarctic biomes.
Key words: polygyny, budding, ants, Formicidae, Leptothorax