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Visual learning: Species differences amongst desert ants.

The use of visual landmarks (when available) for navigation seems to be universal amongst diurnal ants. However, as different ants are adapted to different visual environments,  there are likely to be differences in the way that species use and learn visual information. The problem in making comparisons between species is often magnified because of the use of different experimental methodologies. Sebastian Schwarz has tackled that problem by investigating visual learning in Cataglyphis fortis and Melophorus bagoti using identical experimental set-ups. The results indicate that Melophorus, from the visually rich Australian outback, are faster learners of visual cues.
Sebastian Schwarz & Ken Cheng (2010) Visual associative learning in two desert ant species. Behav Ecol Sociobiol (DOI 10.1007/s00265-010-1016-y)
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