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Stafford Gordon's Avatar Jump to comment 12 by Stafford Gordon

Although I can't recall whether the Latin definition is Trematoda or Monogenea, there is a fluke which enters the brain of the ant, causing it to cling to the top of a blade of grass in the noonday sun, when it should be underground with its pals, and which results in it being gobbled up by a passing grazing, sheep perhaps, in order for the parasite's life cycle to continue via the gut of the ruminent; perhaps this could be thought of as producing a suicidal ant?

The fluke causes a phenotypical effect I believe.

As always, I stand to be corrected.

Thu, 24 May 2012 19:40:57 UTC | #943342