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The digging dynamics of ant tunnels: movement, encounters, and nest space

Bruce, A. I. ; Pérez-Escudero, A. ; Czaczkes, T. J. ; Burd, M.


Underground ant nests are constructed by decentralised self-organisation wherein the ants respond to local stimuli and produce coordinated structures through globally regulated behaviours. One such regulation is the reduction in digging effort that occurs when available nest space has reached an adequate size. Tunnels have a distinct configuration relative to other nest elements and the processes ...


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