Open Journal of Animal Sciences

Volume 4, Issue 3 (June 2014)

ISSN Print: 2161-7597   ISSN Online: 2161-7627

Google-based Impact Factor: 1.74  Citations  h5-index & Ranking

Argentine Ant Affects Ant-Mimetic Arthropods: Does Argentine Ant Invasion Conserve Colouring Variation of Myrmecomorphic Jumping Spider?

HTML  XML Download Download as PDF (Size: 1023KB)  PP. 144-151  
DOI: 10.4236/ojas.2014.43019    2,764 Downloads   4,081 Views  

ABSTRACT

Argentine ant invasion changed colour-polymorphic composition of ant-mimetic jumping spider Myrmarachne in southwestern Japan. In Argentine ant-free sites, most of Myrmarachne exhibited all-blackish colouration. In Argentine ant-infested sites, on the other hand, blackish morph decreased, and bicoloured (i.e. partly bright-coloured) morphs increased in dominance. Invasive Argentine ant drives away native blackish ants. Disappearance of blackish model ants supposedly led to malfunction of Batesian mimicry of Myrmarachne.

Share and Cite:

Touyama, Y. and Ito, F. (2014) Argentine Ant Affects Ant-Mimetic Arthropods: Does Argentine Ant Invasion Conserve Colouring Variation of Myrmecomorphic Jumping Spider?. Open Journal of Animal Sciences, 4, 144-151. doi: 10.4236/ojas.2014.43019.

Cited by

No relevant information.

Copyright © 2020 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

Creative Commons License

This work and the related PDF file are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.