Increase in levels of microbiota recoverable from male and larval Myrmecia gulosa (Fabricius) (Hymenoptera Formicidae) following segregation from worker ants

James Mackintosh, Joe Flood, Duncan Veal, A. J. Beattie

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The segregation of laboratory maintained male and larval Myrmecia gulosa from workers resulted in increased levels of culturable microbiota. After 29 days, microbial levels recovered from segregated males and larvae were 27 and 126 times greater than from males and larvae not segregated from workers. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that metapleural gland secretions, absent in larvae and males, are transferred from workers to larvae, and males contribute to the inhibition of cuticular microbiota.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-126
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian Journal of Entomology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 1999



  • Bulldog ants
  • Metapleural gland secretions
  • Microbiota

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