Blight, O.; Josens, R.; Bertelsmeier, C.; Abril, S.; Boulay, R.; Cerdá, X."Differences in behavioural traits among native and introduced colonies of an invasive ant" (2017) Biological Invasions. 19(5):1389-1398
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Identifying the factors that promote the success of biological invasions is a key pursuit in ecology. To date, the link between animal personality and invasiveness has rarely been studied. Here, we examined in the laboratory how Argentine ant populations from the species’ native and introduced ranges differed in a suite of behaviours related to species interactions and the use of space. We found correlations among specific behavioural traits that defined an explorative-aggressive syndrome. The Main “European” supercolony (introduced range) more readily explored novel environments, displayed more aggression, detected food resources more quickly, and occupied more space than the Catalonian supercolony (introduced range) and two other Argentine supercolonies (native range). The two native supercolonies also differed in their personalities; one harbouring the less invasive personality, while the other is intermediate between the two introduced supercolonies. Therefore, instead of a binary pattern, Argentine ant supercolonies display a behavioural continuum that is independent on their geographic origin (native/introduced ranges). Our results also suggest that variability in personality traits is correlated to differences in the ecological success of Argentine ant colonies. Differences in group personalities may facilitate the persistence and invasion of animals under novel selective pressures by promoting adaptive behaviours. We stress that the concept of animal personality should be taken into account when elucidating the mechanisms of invasiveness. © 2016, Springer International Publishing Switzerland.


Documento: Artículo
Título:Differences in behavioural traits among native and introduced colonies of an invasive ant
Autor:Blight, O.; Josens, R.; Bertelsmeier, C.; Abril, S.; Boulay, R.; Cerdá, X.
Filiación:Estación Biológica de Doñana, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Seville, 41092, Spain
Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires, IFIBYNE, CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Le Biophore, UNIL-Sorge, Lausanne, 1015, Switzerland
Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Girona, Girona, 17071, Spain
IRBI, UMR CNRS 7261, Université François Rabelais de Tours, Tours, 37200, France
Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie, Avignon Université, UMR CNRS IRD Aix Marseille Université, Avignon, France
Palabras clave:Animal personality; Behavioural syndrome; Invasive ant; Supercolony; aggression; ant; behavioral response; biological invasion; colonial organism; home range; invasive species; native species; resource selection; Argentina; Animalia; Linepithema humile
Página de inicio:1389
Página de fin:1398
Título revista:Biological Invasions
Título revista abreviado:Biol. Invasions


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Blight, O., Josens, R., Bertelsmeier, C., Abril, S., Boulay, R. & Cerdá, X. (2017) . Differences in behavioural traits among native and introduced colonies of an invasive ant. Biological Invasions, 19(5), 1389-1398.
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Blight, O., Josens, R., Bertelsmeier, C., Abril, S., Boulay, R., Cerdá, X. "Differences in behavioural traits among native and introduced colonies of an invasive ant" . Biological Invasions 19, no. 5 (2017) : 1389-1398.
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Blight, O., Josens, R., Bertelsmeier, C., Abril, S., Boulay, R., Cerdá, X. "Differences in behavioural traits among native and introduced colonies of an invasive ant" . Biological Invasions, vol. 19, no. 5, 2017, pp. 1389-1398.
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Blight, O., Josens, R., Bertelsmeier, C., Abril, S., Boulay, R., Cerdá, X. Differences in behavioural traits among native and introduced colonies of an invasive ant. Biol. Invasions. 2017;19(5):1389-1398.