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Re: [Aroid-l] Myrmecophilous Monstera????

  • Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Myrmecophilous Monstera????
  • From: "Alistair Hay" <ajmhay@hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2007 16:19:11 +1100

I have seen this in shingling juvenile Pothos in Borneo, but whether the relationship is mutualistic I have no idea: nor aware of any research having been done... Again Peter is needed for an Old World answer!


From:  Jonathan Ertelt <jonathan.ertelt@vanderbilt.edu>
Reply-To:  Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
To:  Discussion of aroids <aroid-l@gizmoworks.com>
Subject:  Re: [Aroid-l] Myrmecophilous Monstera????
Date:  Thu, 8 Feb 2007 10:45:23 -0600
>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.
>>While we are on the subject of shingling aroids - A friend of mine
>>recently got back from Panama where she was doing some field work,
>>and told me of how she found ants living under the juvenile
>>shingling foliage of a particular Monstera species she collected as
>>an herberium specimen. I had never heard of this occurring, and was
>>curioius if ants do regularly live under the shingle phase leaves
>>in a mutualistic relationship, as they are well-known to do in Hoya
>>imbricata as well as several species of Dischidia with similar
>>shingling habits.  I just figured if it did regularly occur I would
>>have heard about it by now. Would be curious if ants are present in
>>Rhaphidophora as well.
>>Just curious!
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