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  Re: [Aroid-l] Myrmecophilous Monstera????
From: Jonathan Ertelt <jonathan.ertelt at vanderbilt.edu> on 2007.02.08 at 16:45:23(15254)

I'd be curious as to whether the ants were truly living, i.e. nesting
et al. under the leaves, or just congregating and using the leaves as
cover. I have seen this sort of protective usage by both ants and
termites as they travel up and down tree trunks, both under shingle
foliage and right in next to bare stem vines that are anchored to the
trees. Of course, especially with termites, sometimes they build
their own tunnels that look remarkably like thinnish bare-stemmed
vines going up the tree. But all these cases I would suggest are more
for travelling purposes and not habitations. I'll be interested to
hear input from others.


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