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      Amphotis marginata (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) a highwayman of the ant Lasius fuliginosus

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          The space occupied by evolutionarily advanced ant societies can be subdivided into functional sites, such as broodchambers; peripheral nest chambers; kitchen middens; and foraging routes. Many predators and social parasites are specially adapted to make their living inside specific niches created by ants. In particular, the foraging paths of certain ant species are frequented by predatory and kleptoparasitic arthropods, including one striking example, the nitidulid beetle, Amphotis marginata. Adults of this species obtain the majority of their nutrition by acting as a kind of “highwayman” on the foraging trails of the ant Lasius fuliginosus, where they solicit regurgitation from food laden ant-workers by mimicking the ant’s food-begging signals. Employing food labeled with the radio isotope 32P, we assessed the quantities of food the beetles siphoned-off of food-laden ants, and we investigated the site preferences, behavioral mechanisms and possible morphological adaptations underlying the food kleptoparasitism of A. marginata.

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                Public Library of Science (San Francisco, CA USA )
                1932-6203
                7 August 2017
                2017
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                : 8
                Affiliations
                [1 ] Social Insect Research Group, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, United States of America
                [2 ] Biozentrum, Zoology II, University of Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany
                Universidade de Sao Paulo Faculdade de Filosofia Ciencias e Letras de Ribeirao Preto, BRAZIL
                Author notes

                Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

                • Conceptualization: BH.

                • Formal analysis: CLK.

                • Funding acquisition: BH.

                • Investigation: BH.

                • Methodology: BH.

                • Project administration: BH.

                • Resources: BH.

                • Visualization: BH CLK.

                • Writing – original draft: BH.

                • Writing – review & editing: BH CLK.

                Article
                PONE-D-17-12996
                10.1371/journal.pone.0180847
                5546582
                28783744
                © 2017 Hölldobler, Kwapich

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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                Figures: 30, Tables: 4, Pages: 35
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                This work was supported by funds from the Johann-Wolfgang-von-Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, the Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG SFB 251, and the Arizona State University, Tempe. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. BH and CLK received salaries from Arizona State University.
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                Biology and Life Sciences
                Organisms
                Animals
                Invertebrates
                Arthropoda
                Insects
                Beetles
                Biology and Life Sciences
                Organisms
                Animals
                Invertebrates
                Arthropoda
                Insects
                Hymenoptera
                Ants
                Biology and Life Sciences
                Behavior
                Animal Behavior
                Foraging
                Biology and Life Sciences
                Zoology
                Animal Behavior
                Foraging
                Research and Analysis Methods
                Microscopy
                Electron Microscopy
                Scanning Electron Microscopy
                Ecology and Environmental Sciences
                Species Colonization
                Invasive Species
                Biology and Life Sciences
                Organisms
                Plants
                Trees
                Physical Sciences
                Chemistry
                Chemical Compounds
                Hydrocarbons
                Hexanes
                Biology and Life Sciences
                Zoology
                Animal Anatomy
                Antennae (Animal Physiology)
                Biology and Life Sciences
                Zoology
                Animal Physiology
                Antennae (Animal Physiology)
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