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Bertelsmeier, C., Luque, G.M., Confais, A. & Courchamp, F.

Year: 2013


Ant Profiler – a database of ecological characteristics of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

Journal: Myrmecological News

Volume: 18

Pages: 73-76

Type of contribution: Forum

Supplementary material: Yes


We developed a database of 24 major ecological characteristics of ants – "Ant Profiler" – which includes information on species morphology, colony dynamics, behaviour, habitat, nesting sites, diet, species interactions and distribution. Our database is a publically available research tool to study the ecology of ants and relies on the contribution of the myrmecologist community to provide information on ants. The specificity of our database, compared to other existing ant databases, is that it presents ecological information in a structured and standardized way instead of a descriptive text. The interface of our webpage makes information searchable and allows users to retrieve a list of species corresponding to any particular trait or combination of traits. The database allows downloading data that can be used by any statistic software for further analysis.

Open access, licensed under CC BY 4.0. © 2013 The Author(s).

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Publisher: The Austrian Society of Entomofaunistics

ISSN: Print: 1994-4136 - Online: 1997-3500

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