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Some relations of the meat ant, Iridomyrmex purpureus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) with soil in South Australia

Greenslade, P.J.M.

Soil Biology and Biochemistry 6: 7-14


DOI: 10.1016/0038-0717(74)90004-2
Accession: 000503329

Iridomyrmex purpureus (F. Sm.) is common in southern Australia and nests in conspicuous, often gravel-covered, mounds. The effects of the ant on some properties of soil in its nests, and the effects of soil type on the distribution of the ant were studied in the Mt. Lofty Ranges and the western Murray Basin in South Australia during 1971 by comparing the distribution of particle sizes in the soil of nests and undisturbed soil profiles.

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