The Tolerance of Ants



IN some climates, such as the rainforest, ants may account for nearly a third of the entire animal biomass (Hölldobler and Wilson, 1990). This huge mass is fragmented into millions of tiny bodies, however, and since tiny bodies tend to lose heat rapidly, this chapter on the ability of individual ants to regulate body temperature is a short one. In the nest the individuals are affected by temperature more than they affect it. And outside the nest they quickly assume a T b dictated by the physical environment.


Terrestrial Locomotion Sand Temperature Tenebrionid Beetle Thermal Refuge Death Point 
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