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BIO SCI 94 Study Guide - Final Guide: Harvard University Press, Raisin Bran, Memory Stick


Department
Biological Sciences
Course Code
BIO SCI 94
Professor
Michael Clegg
Study Guide
Final

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Pogonomyrmex*rugosus*
(Rough!Harvester!Ant)!
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Sabrina!Lugo!
Zoology!(Biol!210)!
May!12,!2009!
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Introduction:+
! The!specific!ant!that!was!studied!was!Pogonomyrmex*rugosus!which!is!commonly!
known!as!the!rough!harvester!ant.!Stephan!Welton!Taber!mentions!in!his!book!The!World!of!
the!Harvester!Ants!that!harvester!ants!have!been!around!for!a!very!long!time!with!evidence!
from!ancient!writers!being!aware!of!harvesting!by!ants.!These!documents!were!noted!to!be!in!
the!Mediterranean!region!and!in!the!middle!east!where!harvesting!by!ants!was!predominant!
(Taber!610).!Taber!also!goes!even!further!to!mention!that!there!is!history!and!stories!about!
harvester!ants!being!present!“from!the!book!of!Solomon!to!the!writings!of!the!ancient!Greeks!
and!Romans”!(Taber!610).!We!can!say!that!harvester!ants!have!made!their!presence!known!to!
us!for!a!very!long!time.!Specifically,!Pogonomyrmex*rugosus!distribution!is!more!commonly!
found!in!the!deserts!of!North!and!South!America!(winkipedia).!For!our!study,!we!focused!on!
The!Rancho!Jamul!Ecological!Reserve!off!of!highway!94.!!
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At!this!Ant!Study!site,!which!is!approximately!17,500!m2!we!counted!about!154!colonies!present!
and!active.!In!the!photographs!you!can!visually!see!the!study!site!and!where!the!ant!colonies!
are!distributed!around!the!area.!Harvester!ants!tend!to!remove!growing!plants!around!there!
colony!entrance!creating!a!bare!ground!patch!on!the!land!(Insectlorepedia).!!
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Rancho!Jamul!Ecological!Reserve:!Preserve!Ant!Study!Site!
14715!Hwy!95!
Jamul,!CA!91935!
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