An Observation of Nest Relocation in the Ant Cephalotes atratus

Christopher K. Starr, Jo-Anne Nina Sewlal


One of the more conspicuous ants in Trinidad forests is Cephalotes atratus, the giant turtle ant. This relatively large, all black ant has a very broad, flattened head. It nests arboreally and is often seen walking in loose columns on tree trunks, fallen logs and across the forest floor. Despite its commonness and striking appearance, it has been the subject of just one substantial behavioural-ecological study (Corn 1980).

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