Francis Ratnieks

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As the rescued ants can be useful again to the colony, and the rescue is not expensive and is practical, it would be favoured by natural selection. These ants are specialist termite predators, and termites have specialised defenders with large heads and mandibles. So it is an interesting evolutionary arms race in which by rescuing ants that have been injured, and especially those that have been immobilised by a termite defender who is clinging on to an ant, the ants have reduced the cost of their predation method.feedback
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Apr 12 2017
We found 1 article in which Francis Ratnieks said something. The most recent Francis Ratnieks’s quote is: “As the rescued ants can be useful again to the colony, and the rescue is not expensive and is practical, it would be favoured by natural selection. These ants are specialist termite predators, and termites have specialised defenders with large heads and mandibles. So it is an interesting evolutionary arms race in which by rescuing ants that have been injured, and especially those that have been immobilised by a termite defender who is clinging on to an ant, the ants have reduced the cost of their predation method.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Francis Ratnieks 1 time. On this page, you will find all of Francis Ratnieks’s quotes organized by date and topic.
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