myrmecophile


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myrmecophile

[mər′mek·ə‚fīl]
(ecology)
An organism, usually a beetle, that habitually inhabits the nest of ants.
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For example, hymenopterous myrmecophiles associated with the neotropical weaver ant Camponotus sp.
Apart from some scarce myrmecophiles found very occasionally within their nest, such as a gastropod, a small diplopod (Merocheta), a lepismatid or nicoletiid thysanuran, a worm infesting the refuse dumps, and a histerid beetle (Cook 1905; Perez-Lachaud & Lachaud, unpublished data), colonies of E.
Approximately 60% of the ant-associated lycaenid species are facultative myrmecophiles that are tended by several different ant species, usually on the larval host plant (Pierce et al.