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Title (Primary) Singing the blues: from experimental biology to conservation application
Author Settele, J.; Barbero, F.; Musche, M.; Thomas, J.A.; Schönrogge, K.;
Journal Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Year 2011
Department BZF;
Volume 214
Issue 9
Language englisch;
Keywords acoustical communication; ant-butterfly interaction; chemical communication; coevolution; endangered species; multi-trophic system
Abstract Chemical communication plays a major role in the organisation of ant societies, and is mimicked to near perfection by certain large blue (Maculinea) butterflies that parasitise Myrmica ant colonies. The recent discovery of differentiated acoustical communication between different castes of ants, and the fact that this too is mimicked by the butterflies, adds a new component of coevolutionary complexity to a fascinating multitrophic system of endangered species, and it could inspire new ways to engage the public in their conservation.
ID 11085
Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=11085
Settele, J., Barbero, F., Musche, M., Thomas, J.A., Schönrogge, K. (2011):
Singing the blues: from experimental biology to conservation application
J. Evol. Biol. 214 (9), 1407 - 1410