The Ants

Bert Holldobler and Edward O Wilson 
Springer  1998  

Hardcover  732 pages  ISBN 9783540520924      £144.00
Joint publication with Harvard University Press

This book reviews in extensive detail all aspects of the anatomy, physiology, social organisation, ecology and natural history of ants. It illustrates each of the 292 living genera off ants (there are over 8,000 known species), and provides detailed taxonomic keys to ants, region by region around the world. It tells the story of the evolution of ants from their origins more than a hundred million years ago and explores every aspect of ant social life. In large format, with almost 1000 line drawings, photographs and paintings, it is one of the most visually rich and all-encompassing views of any specific group of organisms. In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize in general notification, this book has received overwhelming critical praise.


  • The importance of ants.
  • Classification and origins.
  • The colony life cycle.
  • Altruism and the origin of the worker caste.
  • Colony odor and kin recognition.
  • Queen numbers and domination.
  • Communication.
  • Caste and division of labor.
  • Social homeostasis and flexibility
  • Foraging and territorial strategies.
  • The organization of species communities.
  • Symbioses among ant species.
  • Symbioses with other animals.
  • Interaction with plants
  • The specialized predators.
  • The army ants.
  • The fungus growers.
  • The harvesters.
  • The weaver ants.
  • Collecting and culturing ants.
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography.
  • Index.
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