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Monomorium ants in Andalusia

Friday, June 12th, 2009 | Ants, Behavior, Morphology | 3 Comments
The Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

The Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

I recently traveled to Andalusia, in the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula, to meet fellow myrmecologists Christian Peeters, from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, and Alberto Tinaut, from Universidad de Granada. The reason for my trip was that I am fortunately enough to have been invited to collaborate in one of their ongoing projects studying the native ant species Monomorium algiricum. We set out to collect some colonies of this species as well as some others in the genus.

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