ON THE OCCURRENCE OF AROLIA IN ANT FEET

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Abstract

Female ants of the genus Rhytidoponera Mayr lack pretarsal arolia, but their brothers possess arolia. A brief survey indicates that arolia are universally present in ants outside the subfamilies Ponerinae and Leptanillinae. Some ponerine groups possess arolia, while others do not. We briefly discuss the evolutionary functional, behavioural and systematic implications of these findings.

Ancillary