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Use of long-term stored vector information in the Neotropical ant Gigantiops destructor
Beugnon, Guy ; Lachaud, Jean Paul (coaut.) ; Chagné, Philippe (coaut.) ;
Contenido en: Journal of Insect Behavior Vol. 18, no. 3 (May 2005), p. 415-432 ISSN: 0892-7553
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We investigated how the formicine ant Gigantiops destructor can use vector information to navigate within the cluttered environment of the rain forest. Displaced foragers use skylight information to move in the theoretical feeder-to-nest direction, whether they are prevented from updating their path-integrator during foraging or captured at the departure from their nest, i.e. with a current accumulator state very close to zero. Only ants that have collected food are able to download a long-term stored reference vector pointing in the nest direction, irrespective of the current accumulator state of their path-integrator stored in a working memory and independent of familiar landmarks. Depending on the release sites, ants that became lost at a maximum distance of 50 cm could still hit and recognize their familiar route, or they engaged in a systematic search for it centered on the release sites. In contrast to Cataglyphis desert ants, Gigantiops ants do not rely primarily on the current accumulator state of their egocentric path integrator. Such a long-term vector-based navigation primed by food capture is well adapted for a tropical ant foraging during periods spanning several hours. This could prevent the numerous cumulative errors in the evaluation of the angles steered that might result from a continuously running path-integrator operating during complex foraging patterns performed at ground or arboreal levels and during passive displacement in response to heavy rain.