Special Issue "Ecology and Evolution of Myrmecophilous Associations"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect Ecology, Diversity and Conservation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 August 2023) | Viewed by 327

Special Issue Editors

Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
Interests: chemical ecology; vibroacoustics; myrmecophily; butterflies; ants; social insects; pollinators
Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Turin, Via Accademia Albertina, 13-1023 Turin, Italy
Interests: plant–insect interactions; coevolution; eusociality; communication; butterflies; ants
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Museum and Institute of Zoology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Interests: host–parasite interaction; ant behavior; social parasitism; myrmecophily; coevolution

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Associations with ants range from mutualistic to parasitic and can involve distantly related organisms. Since the first attempts to describe the amazing diversity of species interacting with ants, current research has dissected various aspects of these associations. Several studies have investigated the coevolution between partners, the morphological or behavioral adaptations, the communication signals involved in the interactions, and the relative fitness of partners using a multidisciplinary approach that enables tackling the complexity of these relationships.    

We believe that the outcomes obtained so far will pave the way to understanding how myrmecophily could have played a pivotal role in the evolution and ecology of several organisms and shaped the community structure of many terrestrial ecosystems.

This Special Issue will focus on the underlying mechanisms fostering associations between ants and various organisms. We will target all groups of myrmecophiles in the broader sense, including insects but also other invertebrates, fungi, and plants. Physiological, ethological, and ecological studies are welcomed.

Dr. Luca Pietro Casacci
Dr. Francesca Barbero
Dr. Magdalena Witek
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • myrmecophily
  • ants
  • social parasitism
  • mutualism
  • trophobiosis
  • host manipulation
  • mimicry
  • arthropods
  • plants
  • fungi

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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