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Swollen thorn acacia with Pseudomyrmex peperi

Swollen thorn acacia with Pseudomyrmex peperi

In a Belizean forest, Pseudomyrmex peperi acacia ants patrol their swollen thorn acacia. The plant houses and feeds colonies of these aggressive, stinging insects in exchange for the ants' services in removing vines and attacking herbivores. Cayó District, Belize.

Acacia antsant plantecologyPseudomyrmex peperisymbiosisformicidae