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Honeypot Ant (Myrmecocystus mimicus) Fact Sheet: Bibliography & Resources


Bartz SH, Hölldobler B. 1982. Colony founding in Myrmecocystus mimicus Wheeler (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and the evolution of foundress associations. Behav Ecol Sociobiol. 10(2):137–147. doi:10.1007/BF00300174.

Blom PE, Clark WH. 1980. Observations of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) visiting extrafloral nectaries of the barrel cactus, Ferocactus gracilis Gates (Cactaceae), in Baja California, Mexico. Southwest Nat. 25(2):181. doi:10.2307/3671240.

California Academy of Science. 2021. Myrmecocystus mimicus: AntWeb. Version 8.66.

Cazier MA, Statham M. 1962. The behavior and habits of the Myrmecophilous scarab Cremastocheilus stathamae cazier with notes on other species (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). J N Y Entomol Soc. 70(3):125–149.

Chew RM. 1979. Mammalian predation on honey ants, Myrmecocystus (Formicidae). Southwest Nat. 24(4):677–682.

Conway JR. 1977. Analysis of clear and dark amber repletes of the honey ant, Myrmecocystus mexicanus hortideorum. Ann Entomol Soc Am. 70(3):367–369. doi:10.1093/aesa/70.3.367.

van Elst T, Eriksson TH, Gadau J, Johnson RA, Rabeling C, Taylor JE, Borowiec ML. 2021. Comprehensive phylogeny of Myrmecocystus honey ants highlights cryptic diversity and infers evolution during aridification of the American Southwest. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 155:107036. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2020.107036.

Fisher BL, Cover SP. 2007. Myrmecocystus. In: Ants of the world: a guide to the genera. Berkeley (CA): University of California Press. p. 115.

Hölldobler B. 1976. Tournaments and slavery in a desert ant. Science. 192(4242):912–914. doi:10.1126/science.192.4242.912.

Hölldobler B. 1981. Foraging and spatiotemporal territories in the honey ant Myrmecocystus mimicus Wheeler (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Behav Ecol Sociobiol. 9(4):301–314. doi:10.1007/BF00299887.

Hölldobler B. 1986. Food robbing in ants, a form of interference competition. Oecologia. 69(1):12–15. doi:10.1007/BF00399031.

Hölldobler B, Lumsden CJ. 1980. Territorial strategies in ants. Science. 210(4471):732–739.

Hölldobler B, Wilson EO. 1990. The ants. Cambridge (MA): Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System) [Internet database]. 2021. Myrmecocystus mimicus. TSN 577184; [accessed 2021 Sep 08].

IUCN. 2021. The IUCN red list of threatened species [online database]. Version 2021-2. Cambridge, United Kingdom: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources [accessed 2021 Sep 15].

Kay CAR. 1978. Preferred temperatures of desert honey ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J Therm Biol. 3(4):213–217. doi:10.1016/0306-4565(78)90022-0.

Kronauer DJC, Hölldobler B, Gadau J. 2004. Phylogenetics of the new world honey ants (genus Myrmecocystus) estimated from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 32(1):416–421. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2004.03.011.

Kronauer DJC, Miller DJ, Hölldobler B. 2003. Genetic evidence for intra- and interspecific slavery in honey ants (genus Myrmecocystus). Proc R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 270(1517):805–810. doi:10.1098/rspb.2002.2288.

Lumsden CJ, Hölldobler B. 1983. Ritualized combat and intercolony communication in ants. J Theor Biol. 100(1):81–98. doi:10.1016/0022-5193(83)90093-0.

Pollock GB, Rissing SW. 1989. Intraspecific brood raiding, territoriality, and slavery in ants. Am Nat. 133(1):61–70. doi:10.1086/284901.

Rissing SW, Johnson RA, Martin JW. 2000. Colony founding behavior of some desert ants: geographic variation in metrosis. Psyche J Entomol. 103(1–2):95–101. doi:10.1155/2000/20135.

Schooley RL, Bestelmeyer BT. 2000. Movements during colony founding by queens of the honey ant (Myrmecocystus mimicus Wheeler). Am Midl Nat. 144(2):439–444. doi:10.1674/0003-0031(2000)144[0439:MDCFBQ]2.0.CO;2.

Shaffer DT, Whitford WG. 1981. Behavioral responses of a predator, the round-tailed horned lizard, Phrynosoma modestum and its prey, honey pot ants, Myrmecocystus spp. Am Midl Nat. 105(2):209. doi:10.2307/2424738.

Snelling RR. 1976. A revision of the honey ants, genus Myrmecocystus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Los Angel Cty Sci Bull. 24:1–163.

UNEP. 2021. Species+ [online database]. Nairobi, Kenya: UN Environment Programme [compiled by UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, UK]. [accessed 2021 Sep 15].

Wehner R. 2020. Desert navigator: the journey of the ant. Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Press. [accessed 2021 Aug 18].

Wheeler WM. 1908. Honey ants, with a revision of the American Myrmecocysti. Bull Am Mus Nat Hist. 24:345–397.

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