On the spatial distribution of nests of the ants Messor arenarius and Messor ebeninus

Ittai Warburg, Yosef Steinberger

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    Ants of the species Messor arenarius and M. ebeninus are known as common granivores in the deserts of the Middle East and North Africa. The relationship between the spatial distribution of nests of these ant species and the distribution of vegetation was examined in the Negev highlands. Using the method of nearest neighbour analysis, it was found that nests of M. arenarius are evenly dispersed while the dispersion of nests of M. ebeninus does not differ from a random distribution. It is suggested that in desert surroundings there is a connection between the distribution pattern of nests of harvester ants and their foraging type. It seems that nests of individually foraging ants are usually evenly dispersed while nests of trunk-trail foraging ants are usually distributed in a random or aggregated dispersion.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)671-676
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Arid Environments
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Aug 1997

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    We thank Prof. U. Matro from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem for statistical advice, and an anonymous reviewer for commenting on this manuscript. This research was supported by a grant to Ittai Warburg from the Higher Education Council of the Ministry of Education of Israel, and by the Committee for the Advancement of Research of Bar-Ilan University.


    • Ants
    • Competition
    • Distribution pattern
    • Foraging
    • Foraging territory
    • Formicidae
    • Messor


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