The Plesiobiontic Association of Formica lemani Bondroit with Lasius flavus (Fabricius) (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in Norway

Authors

  • Gunnar Mikalsen Kvifte Department of Zoology–Limnology, Institute of Biology, University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany Department of Natural History, University Museum of Bergen, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.
  • Thomas Aga Legøy University of Bergen
  • Jonathan Soulé University of Bergen

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v64i3.1030

Keywords:

Plesiobiosis, interactions, commensalism, mixtobiosis, mixed colonies

Abstract

Three compound nests of Formica lemani Bondroit, 1917 and Lasius flavus (Fabricius, 1782) are reported from Lygra, Western Norway. This is the first plesiobiontic relationship reported for F. lemani and the 9th for L. flavus. Behavioural and landscape ecological traits associated with plesiobiosis are discussed.

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2017-10-17

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Kvifte, G. M., Legøy, T. A., & Soulé, J. (2017). The Plesiobiontic Association of Formica lemani Bondroit with Lasius flavus (Fabricius) (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in Norway. Sociobiology, 64(3), 366–368. https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v64i3.1030

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