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Agro-predation by Megalomyrmex ants on Mycetophylax fungus-growing ants

Cardoso, D. C. ; Cristiano, M. P. ; da Costa-Milanez, C. B. ; Heinze, J.



Abstract

Fungus-growing ants are a remarkable taxon of New World ants that engage in a mutualistic symbiosis with basidiomycete fungi. Their fungus-gardens are valuable resources and are exploited in countless ways by parasites and other beneficiaries outside of the ant-fungi mutualism. Here, for the first time, we report on the agro-predatory behavior of the ant Megalomyrmex incisus on Mycetophylax ...

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