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Forelius pusillus

Forelius pusillus is a species of ant in the genus Forelius. Described by Santschi in 1922, the species is endemic to South America.[1]

Forelius pusillus
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Forelius pusillus worker
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F. pusillus
Binomial name
Forelius pusillus
Santschi, 1922
Synonyms
  • Neoforelius tucumanus Kusnezov, 1953

BehaviourEdit

Forelius pusillus is noted to perform "pre-emptive defensive self-sacrifice", where a group of ants leave the security of the nest after sealing the entrance from the outside each evening.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cuezzo, F. 2000. Revisión del género Forelius (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dolichoderinae). Sociobiology 35: 197-275 (page 263, Raised to species and senior synonym of tucumanus)
  2. ^ Tofilski, Adam; Couvillon, Margaret J.; Evison, Sophie E. F.; Helanterä, Heikki; Robinson, Elva J. H.; Ratnieks, Francis L. W. (2008-11-01). "Preemptive Defensive Self‐Sacrifice by Ant Workers". The American Naturalist. 172 (5): E239–E243. doi:10.1086/591688. ISSN 0003-0147. PMID 18928332.

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