The Ants

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Harvard University Press, 1990 - Nature - 732 pages
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This landmark work, the distillation of a lifetime of research by the world's leading myrmecologists, is a thoroughgoing survey of one of the largest and most diverse groups of animals on the planet. Hölldobler and Wilson review in exhaustive detail virtually all topics in the anatomy, physiology, social organization, ecology, and natural history of the ants. In large format, with almost a thousand line drawings, photographs, and paintings, it is one of the most visually rich and all-encompassing views of any group of organisms on earth. It will be welcomed both as an introduction to the subject and as an encyclopedia reference for researchers in entomology, ecology, and sociobiology.

  

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User Review  - Darin Stevenson - Goodreads

This book is an astonishing reference and a monumental achievement. Anyone interested in social insects simply must have this, and The Insect Societies. I have been reading and re-reading it for 10 years. It is brilliant and peerless. Read full review

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User Review  - Douglas Tatelman - Goodreads

I'm looking at an incredible sleek, well designed creature, with smooth surfaces and tiny features that put a Ferrari to shame. It's got little grooves to tuck in antennas when fighting. Tiny chemical ... Read full review

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Contents

The Importance of Ants
1
The Colony Life Cycle
143
Colony Odor and Kin Recognition
197
Queen Numbers and Domination
209
Communication
227
Caste and Division of Labor
298
Social Homeostasis and Flexibility
356
Variation among Colonies
362
The Organization
419
Trophallactic Appeasement
429
The Future of Community Studies
435
Symbioses with Other Arthropods
471
Symbioses between Ants and Plants
530
The Specialized Predators
558
The Army Ants
573
The Fungus Growers
597

Ants Do Not Play
370
Humidity Regulation
374
Daily Cycles of Activity
382
Energy Maximizers versus Time Minimizers
388
Territorial Strategies
400
Territory Predation and True Slavery
414
The Harvesting Ants
610
Weaver Ants
618
Collecting Culturing Observing
630
Bibliography
645
Acknowledgments
711
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About the author (1990)

Bert Hölldobler is now Foundation Professor of Biology at Arizona State University; formerly Chair of Behavioral Physiology and Sociology at the Theodor Boveri Institute, University of WÃ1⁄4rzburg. He is also the recipient of the U.S. Senior Scientist Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German government. Until 1990, he was the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University.

He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1929. He is currently Pellegrino University Research Professor & Honorary Curator in Entomology of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. He is on the Board of Directors of the Nature Conservancy, Conservation International & the American Museum of Natural History. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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